TRACING ALL FAMILIES PREVIOUS TO 1850,
AND MANY FAMILIES THAT HAVE LIVED
IN THE TOWN SINCE V^ITH AN
ACCOUNT OF THE HABITS AND
CUST^S OF THE PEOPLE
PRESIDENT DOVER HISTORICAl\SOCIET^ PRESIDENT BAY STATE HISTORICAL
LEAGUB. VICE PRESIDBliT D^ISkaM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Published by the Histobical and Natural Histoby Society.
FIUT-QEntALOQICALTB-Et-PLANTED IN-DOVEt 1640-
It has been a pleasure to write the genealogy of Dover fam-
ilies, to make this contribution of human history, because the
inhabitants have been to an unusual degree a broad-minded,
patriotic people, free from the provincialisms of towns less
favorably situated. From its first settlement the life of this
community has been efi'ected by the city only thirteen miles
away. The town has felt the eftects of the printing press and
the railroad, two great civilizing agencies. Dover has had
from the first an educated ministry, good schools, early library
facilities and abundant roads. It is a self-evident fact that
where a community exists sufficient unto itself and with no
contact with the outside world there humanity sours, grows
morbid and wrong. By its location Dover has at least been
saved from this condition. Here has been exhibited the vir-
tues of patriotism — "economy, industry, simplicity, frugal-
ity, humility and reverence," all of which is best appreciated
by those whose family tree has taken deep root in this soil.
It would have been a pleasure to have included in this gen-
ealogical history other families who have made Dover their
place of residence in recent years, but persistent eft'ort failed
to gain the necessary data. Acknowledgement should here
be made of the substantial gifts that have been received from
those who have evidently regarded it as an opportunity to
contribute the illustrations which appear in this volume.
A PARTIAL LIST
Wilson Genealogical Tree — Frontispiece
Residence of N. S. Bartlett,
The Baker House 26
Residence of Henry B.
The David Cleveland
The Caryl Parsonage 61
The Nathaniel Chickering
The Joseph Chickering
Residence of Arthur E.
The Ralph Day House... 87
Residence of A. J. Peters. 94
The Laurence Minot Tepee 95
Residence Dr. A. B. Em-
mons, 2nd 102
Residence of Miss Lucy A.
The Griggs House 127
The Hartshorn House .... 140
Residence of Eben Higgins 141
Hodgson's Wigwam Vil-
Residence of W. Rodman
Norfolk Hunt Club 179
Residence of R. M. Tap-
The Henry Goulding
Residence of Charles G.
Portrait of the Rev. Dr.
Ralph Sanger 208
The Joseph A. Smith
Residence of F. W. Brad-
The Asa Talbot House .. . 231
The Whiting - Williams
Residence of Donald F.
Prof. Dolbear of Tufts College named some of the mate-
rial bequests of the nineteenth century to the twentieth
in a very interesting way, when he said : "The nineteenth
century received from its predecessor the horse; it bequeathed
the bicycle, the locomotive, and automobile. It received the
goose-quill, and bequeathed the typewriter; it received the
scythe, and bequeathed the mowing-machine; it received the
sickle, and bequeathed the harvester ; it received the hand
printing-press, and bequeathed the Hoe cylinder press; it re-
ceived Johnson's Dictionary, and bequeathed the Century
Dictionary ; it received the painted canvas, and bequeathed
lithography, photography, and color photography; it received
the hand-loom, and bequeathed the cotton and woolen fac-
tory ; it received gunpowder, and bequeathed nitro-glycerine ;
it received the tallow-dip, and bequeathed the arc light; it re-
ceived the galvanic battery, and bequeathed the dynamo; it
received the flint-lock, and bequeathed the automatic firing
Maxim guns; it received the sailing-ship, and bequeathed the
steamship, the greyhound of the sea ; it received the frigate
Constitution, and bequeathed the battleship Oregon; it re-
ceived the beacon signal-fire, and bequeathed the telephone
and wireless telegraphy ; it received Avood and stone for struc-
ture, and bequeathed skyscrapers of steel. Such are a few of
the bequests of the nineteenth century to the twentieth."
"Wonderful indeed was the atmosphere and spirit of many
a New England house of the former period. The world has
never seen anything finer. Little in the way of luxury and
adornments was evident. Few books and magazines entered
the door. But those which came were fit to r&pose on the
parlor table, while on the shelves were at least a dozen vol-
umes of standard worth. In hundreds of such pioneer
homes scenes were enacted from time to time similar to those
which Whittier portrays in Snowbound, when parents, chil-
dren and guests entered with zest into simple pastimes and
then fed their inner lives with discourse on high themes."
I. JamesS Adamsf (Richard", Richard^ Richard^, Ansel^
Thomas^, Samuel^, Henryi), b. 1800, m. 1825, Honora, dau.
Stephen and Margaret (Jackson) Roberts of Boston. He
was a descendant of Henry Adams, who came from Essex,
England, and settled in Braintree in 1640. Mr. Adams was a
paper maker and worked for many years in the paper mills
at Charles River. A family of eleven children kept him busy.
His son, John, learned the blacksmith's trade and opened a
shop on the Dover side at Charles River. His daughter,
Maria, received a Normal School education and was a suc-
cessful teacher. This family entered into the social Hfe of the
community, which in those days consisted of social gather-
mgs at houses, where the young played games, spelling
schools, singing schools, tea parties, balls at the Williams
Tavern which were largely attended by people from out of
town, choir rehearsals, and the monthly meetings of the La-
dies' Sewing Circle connected with the First Parish Church.
One institution of the town has entirely disappeared, the
"Speaking School." During the winter each district would
invite the other schools of the town to come to its school-
house and bring their best speakers. There was much rivalry
and each school presented its best talent. The boys and girls
learned pieces of great length, which they often delivered
tThe place of residence, by streets, of the subjects of these sketches will be
found in "Dover Farm" published by the Dover Historical Society, 1914.
4 DOVER GENEALOGIES
with much dramatic effect; at the close of the exercises the
best speaker was chosen by general consent. Sometimes the
boys and girls went out of town to meet the best speakers of
other places. Fred Adams, although a small boy, won all
the honors at Medfield in his delivery of "Marco Bozzaris"
and "Jephtha's Rash Vow." Children : —
Andrew, b. 1827, d. in 1862, in Army Hospital, New Orleans.
John, b. 1829, m. Elizabeth Manly, d. 1892, in Cochesett.
James, b. 1831, died in infancy.
Sarah, b. 1832, died in infancy.
Margaret, b. 1834, m. Luther Harriman, d. 1894, in Wayland.
Pamelia, b. 1836, d. 1875, in Framingham.
James, b. 1838, m. Betsey Hall, d. 1870 in Natick.
Frederick, b. 1840, m. Addie Kelley, d. 1893, in Brighton.
Rosanna, b. 1842, d. in infancy.
Stephen, b. 1845.
Maria A., b. 1848, m. William Cobb, Natick.
2. John-"^ (John'-, Johni) was born in Mercer, Maine,
Apr. 6, 1824, m. Oct. 7th, 1845, Lydia Jane, dau. Rufus and
Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. Feb. 23, 1824, d. Feb. 4, 1884. He
died May 2, 1888. Mr. Adams owned the Farrington farm
on Main street, and united with farming the manufacture of
shoe-filling, the making of boots and shoes, and later a milk
route at South Natick. He sold his farm and business in the
early sixties and moved with his family to Elmira, N. Y.,
where he worked as a bootmaker. Children :
Ariadne J., b. July 7, 1852, m. John J. Mortimer, Elmira, N. Y.
Edgar J., b. June 8, 1857, d. April 14, 1858.
Herbert A., b. Dec. 31, 1861, m. Margaret Hoise, Horsehead, N. Y.
I. EleazerS Allen (Joseph-, James^), b. Aug. 25, 1688, m. July
9. 1 712, Mary, dau. of John and Hannah (Holbrook) Battelle, b.
Feb. I, 1683-4, d. Jan. 12, 1759. Mr. Allen died Jan. 3, 1759.
He lived on the Allen homestead on Centre street adjoining
Medfield, which he settled in 171 2. He attended church at Med-
field and opposed the organization of the Springfield Parish.
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Mr. Allen was descended from Reginald Allin of Colby, Nor-
folk, England, who was a large land holder there in the latter
part of the i6th century. Reginald Allin was a son of Richard
Allin, but who the latter was is not definitely known. James
Allen, from whom most of the Dover Aliens are descended, was
a grandson of Reginald Allin, and a nephew of the Rev. John
Allin, the first minister of Dedham. James Allen probably came
to America with his uncle, the Rev. John Allin. He received his
first grant of land in Dedham in 1638. In 1649 he became one
of the thirteen proprietors of the town of Medfield. James
Allen was the fifth to receive a grant of land there. He mar-
ried, in 1638, Ann Guild, who came with several brothers from
Scotland to America in 1637-8. In this family we have the
blood of the Scotch and English united. Members of the Allen
family settled in Dover before it was made even a precinct in
Dedham, and easily became leaders when the Springfield Parish
was formed. As a family they have been distinguished as
teachers and have ever had a lively interest in all educational
affairs. Children :
(2) Eleazer, b. May 27, 1713.
Mary, b. June 10, 1717, m. Samuel Richardson, Medway t
Obadiah, b. Sept. 27, 1721, blacksmith, settled in Wrentham.
Samuel, b. June 10, 1724, cooper, res. in Wrentham.
Esther, b. May 22, 1731. m. Pelatiah Morse, innkeeper, Natick
, Mr. Richardson later moved to Brookfield with his family. He has been
otten confused by genealogists with Samuel Richardson of Wrentham who represented
an entirely different family.
2. Eleazer*, Jr., (Eleazer", Joseph^, Jamesi), b. May 27, 17 13,
m. May 17, 1740, Phebe, dau. Jonathan and Margaret (Fair-
banks) Wight, of Medfield, b. Dec. 14, 1713, d. Jan. 15, 1803.
He died Nov. 29, 1796. Mr. Allen lived on the homestead on
Centre street. He took part in the Revolution. Children :
(3) Eleazer, b. Aug. 24, 1740.
Amy, b. July 3, 1746.
Sybil, b. Dec. 4. 1749.
Rebecca, b. Oct. 18, 1754.
Phebet m. June 7, 1770, Benj. Day, Wrentham.
IDate of birth not recorded.
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3. Eleazer^ (Eleazer^^, Eleazer^, Joseph-, James^), b. Aug. 24,
1740, m. Jan. 2, 1768, Rebecca, dau. Seth and Rebecca (An-
drews) Mason, b. Sept. 19, 1742. He d. Feb. 18, 1825. Mr.
Allen lived on the homestead on Centre street. He rendered an
early service in the Revolution. Children :
Rebecca, b. June 19, 1769, d. Oct. 18, 1774.
Mehitable, b. Nov. 3, 1773, m. Jan. 5, 1792, Jesse Newell.
John, b. Oct. 30, 1779, m. June 13, 1805, Polly Cheney.
4. Fisher"^ (Noah^, Noah^, Joseph^, Jamesi), b. Jan. 25, 1747,
in. May 9, 1771, Rachel, dau. Jonathan and Abigail (Wilkinson)
Smith of Medfield, b. 1749, d. Dec. i, 1829. He took up his
residence in Dover previous to the organization of the West
School (1784) and after its establishment was for many years
the district school master. He was a selectman, tythingman.
assessor and among those in Medfield, who, in 1777, agreed to
go to Boston for the "Newes Papers." Mr. Allen inherited his
grandfather's farm on Bridge street. He died June 25, 1842,
having lived to the advanced age of 95 years. Children :
Miriam, b. Oct. 29, 1772, m. Dec. 4, 1793. Daniel Kingsbury, Walpole.
Abigail, b. Oct. 12, 1774, m. Nathaniel Fiske, Holliston.
Rachel, b. June 5, 1777, d. Oct. 26, 1778.
Rachel, b. Sept. 20, 1779. m. May 20, 1802, Daniel Mann.
5. HezekiahS (Joseph-, James^), b. Nov. 3, 1692, m. Apr. 4,
1722, Mary, dau. of Daniel and Elizabeth (Bracket) Draper,
b. Nov. 5, 1696, d. Oct. 25, 1775. He died Aug. 16, 1775. Mr.
Allen purchased a tract of land and built a house on Pegan hill
in 1724. He was a Captain in the militia and a prominent citi-
zen. Mr. Allen was a carpenter by trade and was made chair-
man of the committee, appointed in 1749, to prepare timber for
the First Parish Meeting-house. Being a prominent man, a seat
of dignity was assigned him in the new meeting-house, and the
chair which Mrs. Allen occupied is still in existence, and had
been at that time many years in the family. Before the organ-
DOVER GENEALOGIES 7
ization of the church in Dover, Hezekiah Allen attended services
at Natick. Children :
(6) Hezekiah, b. April 15, 1724.
Mary, b. July 2, 1727, d. Jan. 12, 1739.
Timothy, b. Aug. 31, 1729, d. Nov. 23, 1736.
Elizabeth, b. Aug. 7, 1731, m. 1753, Ebenezer Newell.
Hannah, b. Nov. 21, 1733, m. 1752, Ebenezer Battelle.
Mehitable, b. April 30, 1736.
Abigail, b. March 22. 1741-2, m. May 17, 1773, Ebenezer Newell.
6. Hezekiah^ (Hezekiah^, Joseph^, Jamesi), b. Apr. 15, 1724,
m. July 25, 1745, Jemima, dau. of Timothy and Jemima (Ware)
Kingsbury of Needham, b. Feb. 11, 1726, d. Apr. 13, 1755, m.
2ndly Feb. 25, 1757, Mary, dau. William and Hannah (Chenery)
Peters, b. 1732, d. May 23, 181 3.
He d. July 12, 1798. Mr. Allen was a farmer and a promi-
nent citizen. He had land from his father's farm. The cellar
of his house can still be seen on the Dorr place on Farm street,
where he built in 1749. He was elected to many offices and
served on many important committees. He was Captain of the
town's militia company, and served at the Lexington Alarm.
His son, Hezekiah Peters, gave the longest service of any
member of the family in the Revolutionary W'ar. In March,
1 78 1, he re-enlisted in the Continental Army for three years
even at a time when there were revolts among the troops be-
cause the soldiers had not only seen no pay for months, but were
receiving only about an eighth of the regular ration of meat.
He was no stranger to the life of the soldier having previously
enlisted three times, covering a service of nearly a year. He was
a member of the Continental Army when it was disbanded bv
Congress, Oct. 18, 1783. "Without a settlement of their ac-
counts, and without a farthing of money in their pockets," the
army that had won American independence from Great Britain
disbanded on the order of Congress and retired in perfect good
order to their homes, bearing with them their arms as memorials
of their heroic experience, some of which are still preserved in
8 DOVER GENEALOGIES
"The soldiers who fought out the long and bitter revolution-
ary struggle, on disbandment received only notes for three
months' pay, due in six months with 6 per cent, interest. The
public penury was so pronounced that the government declared
it to be impossible to make any cash payments. And so this
war-worn body of patriots, many of whom, broken in health,
and all suffering in some degree from the strain of their ardu-
ous experience, turned from the life of the camp to take up again
the interrupted civil activities from which they had been called.
The first army that was formed in the cause of the revolution
was composed of volunteers, many of whom had left their plows
standing in the field ; of artisans and small tradesmen who had
broken off abruptly the occupation in which they were en-
grossed." At the close of the war Hezekiah Peters Allen settled
in Bowdoinham, Maine, where he died in 1826, leaving numer-
Morrill Allen prepared for college by reciting to the Rev.
Benjamin Caryl, giving the summer to work on the farm and
the winter to study. Being entirely dependent upon his own
labor, he met the expenses of his college education by teaching
school. He was so successful as a teacher that his services were
in such demand that he met all the expenses of his college edu-
cation and graduated without being in debt. He entered Brown
University with advanced standing in 1795 and graduated with
honors in 1798. He studied theology^ with the Rev. Dr. Fobes
of Ra3'nham, a popular and eloquent preacher. In 1801 he was
settled over the First Parish Church of Pembroke, of which he
remained pastor for nearly forty years. As a preacher he was
noted for his brevity and originality of treatment. He never
attempted to set forth but one point in a discourse, but earnestly
endeavored to impress that one point on his hearers. Soon after
his settlement he found that a salary of $475 a year was not ade-
quate to meet the expenses of a growing famih^ His native
aptness for teaching, and his love for the work prompted him
DOVER GENEALOGIES 9
to open a school and to receive boys into his family. He was so
successful in this enterprise and his pupils became so numerous
that the work in connection with his parish was such a tax
upon his strength that in order to escape ill health he was
obliged to give up his school. He next turned his attention to
farming in order to increase his meagre salary. Many smiled
at the minister's farming and predicted a complete failure, but
soon found that he was the most successful farmer in the coun-
ty, having adopted the plan of selecting different crops for dif-
ferent soils. He was one of the founders and for many years
President of the Plymouth County Agricultural Society, one of
the oldest in the cotuitry. In 1849 ^^^ was elected a member of
the Royal Agricultural Society of Tunis in Sardinia. He com-
menced as early as 1834 to sow the seed of pine trees on barren
soil, and thus became a pioneer in the noble work of clothing
naked plains with valuable wood and timber, a work which he
lived to see wonderfully extended, not only at home but also
on the prairies of the great West. While a minister he never
voted for an officer of State or General Government, but the
people recognized his worth and soon after his retirement from
the ministry he was elected for two terms to the Massachusetts
Senate, of which body he was an efficient and honored member.
He became a frequent contributor to agricultural papers and
always dwelt upon his own observations and experiments,
rather than upon scientific research. He died possessed of a
large estate, and his example as a farmer did much to advance
the cause of agriculture throughout the country. He was one
of the first to utilize surface earth, and the piles of such earth
on his farm were at first contemptuously called "Allenites,"
but having demonstrated its worth, the same term was contin-
ued in honor of the originator of a useful practice. Children :
(7) Timothy, b. Apr. 28, 174.6, d. July 10, 1823.
Jemima, b. Feb. 15, 1747-8. m. Jonathan Parkerf, m. 2ndly Nov.
3, 1777, Isaac Shepard, Needham.
tKilled at Lexington, April 19, 1773.
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Rachel, b. Feb. 4, 1749-50, m. May 10, 1773, David Cleveland.
Susa, b. Sept. 30, 1752, d. Sept. 13, 1754.
Hezekiah, b. May 27, 1754, d. June 17, 1754.
Calla, b. Jan. 11, 1759, m. Sept. 17, i777, Joseph Smith.
Zillah, b. Sept. 8, 1760, d. May 22, 1836.
Hezekiah Peters, b. May 3, 1762, m. Miss Thompson, res. Bow-
(8) Perez, b. Feb. 8, 1764.
(9) William Pitt, b. Oct. 21, 1766.
Hitta, b. Aug. 30, 1768, d. May 29, 1776.
Calvin, b. Mar. i, 1770, m. Abigail Richards, settled in Warwick.
Polly, b. Mar. 11, 1773, d. July 2, 1776.
Patty, b. Mar. 11, 1773, m. May 10, 1798, Moses Fisher.
Morrill, b. Apr. 3, 1776, m. Mar. 14, 1801, Hannah Dean.
7. Timothy^ (HezekialT*, Hezekiah^, Joseph-, James^), b.
Apr. 20, 1746, m. Dec. 3, 1772, Rebecca, dau. Thomas and Ra-
chel (Graves) Eames of Framingham, b. Oct. 23, 1750. d. Mar.
21, 1833. He d. July 10, 1823.
Mr. Allen lived on the homestead on Pegan hill, was a prom-
inent man and a Lieutenant in the militia. During the latter
years of his life he became insane, owing to a fall from the
pole of an ox cart. He served in the army in this vicinity dur-
ing the Revolutionary War.
His son Thaddeus settled in Boston, where he died Apr. 18,
1883, in his 97th year. His youth was spent on his father's
farm, and while preparing for college he spent the winter months
in teaching school. He served for a time as copyist to Prof.
Shurtlefi of Dartmouth College, who in turn assisted him in his
studies. He graduated from Brown University in 1812. He
intended to follow the medical profession, but failing health led
him into business. For a time he was in a wholesale business in
Boston, having formed a partnership with his brother Timothy.
Their sign read: T. & T. Allen, T. Wharf. In 1820 Thaddeus
Allen opened a private school on Chauncy street. He was a fine
Greek and Latin scholar; his work was largely preparatory for
College, and in giving instruction to adults who desired to take
private lessons. He was the author of a work in 3 vols, entitled
DOVER GENEALOGIES n
"An Inquiry into the Views, Principles, Services and Influences
of the Leading Men in the Organization of Our Union." Thi.^
work is an exhaustive treatment of the subject and is held in
high esteem especially by those foreigners who wish to study the
principles of our government. He was a member of th6 General
Court in 1857 and for many years a member of the Boston
School Committee. Children:
Timothy, b. Mar. 4, 1774, d. Aug. 20, 1775.
(10) Hezekiah, b. Dec. 12, 1775, d. Nov. 18, 1858.
Mary, b. Sept. 21, 1777, m. June 8, 1797, John N. Sumner, Ashford,
Polly, b. Dec. 31, 1779, m. Oct. 19, 1809, Ira Richards.
(11) Timothy, b. May 19, 1782, d. Apr. 3, 1869.
Rebecca, b. May 20, 1784. m. Jan. 14, 1805, Ebenezer Smith.
Thaddeus, b. May 14, 1/87, d. Apr. 18, 1883, m. Nov. 27, 1814,
Clarissa Bullard, res. Boston.
(12) Jared, b. Apr. 11, 1789, d. Jan. 9, 1874.
8. Perez^ (Hezekiah^ Hezekiah^, Joseph^, James^), b. Feb.
8th, 1764, m., Dec. 24, 1789, Mehitable, dau. Moses and Mehi-
table (Battelle) Richards, b. May 28, 1772. Mr. Allen was a
farmer and owned, with his brother, William Pitt Allen, the
original Hezekiah Allen, Jr., place on Farm street. He held
many town offices and served on many committees. The names
of the several offices which he filled carry us back a century —
"highway surveyor," "hog reeve" and "field driver." He is also
called "Ensign" and "Captain" in the town records. He moved
to Warwick. Children:
Julia, b. Feb. 19, 1792.
Leonard, b. July 4. 1794, d. Feb. 2, 1798. - * t ^ u i^ A ,-
Otis, b. Sept. II, 1796. .UXx^.C\i\^, .
Mehitable, b. May 26, 1799.
Perez, b. July 20, 1801.
9. William^ Pitt (Hezekiah'*, Hezekial^ Joseph^, James^),
b. Oct. 21, 1766, m., Mar. 25, 1789, Kaziah, dau. Asa and Beriah
(Fisher) Mason of Medfield, b. 1770. He moved to Medfield
about 1798, from the Dorr place on Farm street, to live with
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his wife's father, then in advanced age. He had an eccentric
and somewhat foolish brother-in-law, Ebenezer Mason, who
assisted about the farm work. One day in the spring of 1802
as the two were at work in the field laying out manure from a
cart preparatory to planting, Mason became offended and struckf
Allen on the head with the shovel he was using. He died soon
after from the effects of the blow. For this act Mason was exe-
cuted in Dedham the same year. Children :
Reuben, b. Sept. 12, 17S9, m. Mary B. Shedd.
Willard, b. Nov. 4, 1791, d. Oct. 4, 1792.
Willard, b. Aug. 5, 1793, residence, Deerfield.
Patty, b. Jan. 3, 1796, m. Sept. 7, 1814. Ralph Battelle.
Ira, b. July 11, 1797, settled in Pawtucket, R. I.
(13) Amos, b. 1799 in Medfield, m. Adaline Goodnough.
Mary, b. 1802 in Medfield, m. Uriah Brett, 2nd, Ezekiel Capen.
10. Hezekiah*^ (Timothy'^, Hezekiah^, Hezekiah^, Joseph^,
James^), b. Dec. 12, 1775, m. Aug. 5, 1802, Julitta, dau. of Wil-
liam and Hannah (Ellis) Whiting, b. May i, 1777, d. July 21,
1855, Louisville, Ky. He attended Harvard University, but did
not graduate. Mr. Allen was a farmer and inherited the farm
on Pegan hill, which he sold to his brother Jared. He held many
offices of trust and responsibility. He died in Orange, N. J.,
Nov. 18, 1858.
Referring to the custom of the people, reference should be
made to hair cutting which for generations was done in the home
by the father or some older person skilled in the art. In winter
boys wore their hair long, which was seldom cut before spring.
The writer does not recall that he ever had the services of a
barber before 1875, in which year his father died.
Self-shaving, or "taking the face off," as it was often called,
was universal, and the keeping of the razor in order was a fine
training for all those useful arts where edged tools were em-
ployed. The grinding of scythes and the sharpening of knives
fTikkn's History of Medfield.
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is today a lost art compared with the skill of our fathers fifty
years ago in this kind of work.
The taking of a six-weeks' course in a "barbers' college" is
hardly a substitute for the years of training which barbers used
to receive. Dover farmers, who, perhaps, a few times in their
lives employed the services of a city barber used to tell of their
fine skill at shaving. Men and boys almost universally combed
their hair in front of their ears ; a person who wore his hair be-
hind his ears was said to look like a "licked dog."
Self-shavers soon learned the trick of heating the razor-blade
by thrusting it in hot water. This made the razor cut more evenly
and effectively as it expanded the smooth cutting edge.
Almira, b. Nov. 24, 1803, m. Apr. 22, 1824, Leonard Perry.
Julia, b. Aug. 2, 1805. ni. at Christ's Church, Hartford, Conn., July 30,
1835, Rev. Peter Minard, d. in St. Louis, Oct. 4, 1840.
Catherine, b. Mar. 4, 1806, d. Oct. 28, 1829.
Harriet, b. Aug. 27, 1808, d. Sept. 1838.
Allston. b. Sept. 30, 1810, m. June 5, 1833, Eliza R. Ordway, res. Lowell.
Hannah E., b. Sept. 22, 1813, m. in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 16, 1845,
Luther W. Mason, who gained a world-wide reputation as the
originator of a system of musical study for schools.
11. Timothy"^ (Timothy^, Hezekiah^, Hezekiah^, Joseph^,
James^), b. May 19, 1782, m. June 4, 1807, Abigail, dau. of Sam-
uel and Abigail (Mason) Fisher, b. Feb. 24, 1785, d. Jan. 28, 1859.
He died Apr. 3, 1869. Mr. Allen was in business in Boston for a
time, but returned to Dover and lived on the Eben Higgins farm,
also at Powisset. Children :
Lucy F., b. Oct. 21, 1808, d. Aug. 3, 1855.
Fisher Ames, b. Sept. 29, 1814, d. July 25. 1883.
Samuel F., b. Apr. 19, 1822, m. Hannah Ellis, res. West Dedham.
(9) Timothy, b. Sept. 8, 1825.
12. Jared*^ (Timothy"^, Hezekiah*, Hezekiah^, Joseph^,
Jamesi), b. Apr. 11, 1789, m. Nov. 4, 1816, Hannah, dau. Rich-
ard and Flannah (Bird) Richards, b. Dec. 22, 1791, d. Sept. 17,
1852, m. 2ndly, 1858, Hannah P., widow of Elijah Russell, and
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dau. of John and Ruth (Tolman) Dickerman, b. May 21, 1807, d
Jan. 4, 1899. He died Jan. 9, 1874. Mr. Allen was in business in
Boston for many years and had stall No. 29 near the head of Fan-
euil hall market. Retired to Dover and for a time carried on the
Pegan hill farm to which his son, Sumner, and son-in-law, John
P. Batchelder, succeeded. He was a major in the State militia.
Martha, b. Aug. 2, 1817, d. Dec. 21, 1818.
Martha B., b. Jan. 4, 1820, m. John P. Bachelder.
Sumner S., b. Apr. i. 1822, d. Nov. 6, 1865, m. Eliza B. Gilman.
13. Amos^ (William Pitt"^, Hezekiah*, Hezekiah^, Joseph-,
James^), b. Oct. 18, 1799, m. May 25, 1826, Adaline, dau. Wil-
liam and Phebe (Mann) Goodenow of Natick, b. July 25, 1803,
d. Sept. 27, 1871. He died July 28, 1870. He was a stone
mason by trade and lived on the Joseph Chickering farm on
Haven street. He later settled in Natick. Children :
EHzabeth F., b. Aug. 13, 1829, d. Jan. 13, 1842.
Amos C, b. Oct. 17, 1831, d. Feb. 1871.
Martha B., b. May 26, 1835, m .Charles Whiting.
James M., b. May 25, 1837, d. 1837.
John M., b. May 25. 1837, d. 1837.
14. Timothy" (Timothy^, Timothy^, Hezekiah'*, Hezekiah-^,
Joseph^, James^), b. Sept. 8, 1825, m. Dec. 24, i860, Sarah A.,
dau. Samuel and Susan (Johnson) Richardson, b. Aug. 18, 1838.
He died August 17. 1893. After his marriage Mr. Allen first
lived in Dover, where his son was born, but later settled in West
Dedham. Children :
Geo. Henry Allston, b. Jan. 20, 1863, m. May 1891, Cora A. Hopkins,
Emma Frances Alice, b. Apr. 5, 1873, d. Sept. 5, 1873.
15. Aaron"* (Samuel^, John^, Walter^), b. in Sudbury Dec.
31, 1707, m. Dec. 6, 1733, Hannah, dau. John and Elizabeth
Mason of Dedham, b. May i, 1710, d. July 27, 1777. He died in
March, 1754. Mr. Allen was descended from Walter Allen,
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who was in Newbury, in 1640, afterwards in Charlestown,
Watertown and Weston. He was left an orphan when only
twelve years old and was brought up by his father's cousin, Ben-
jamin Allen of Dedham. He lived on the Bullard farm on
County street. Children :
Judith, b. Mar. i, 1733-4.
Benjamin, b. Dec. 23, 1735, d. before Mar. 19, 1756.
(16) Samuel, b. Dec. 26, 1740.
Moses, b. Dec. 21, 1743.
16. SamueP (Aaron^, Samuel^, John^, Walter^), b. Dec. 26,
1740, m. Sept. 20, 1765, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah (Day)
Morse of Wrentham, b. May 16, 1735. Mr. Allen lived on
County street and moved to Medford in 1783. Children:
Benjamin, b. Dec. 10, 1765, d. Jan. 1766.
Benjamin, b. May 6, 1767.
Polly, b. May 25, 1772.
Samuel, b. Feb. 23, 1774.
17. David^ Ellis (Elijah-, Ephraimi) was a son of Elijah
and Hannah Allen, b. in Medway Oct. 18, 1812, m. Nov. 16,
1834, Martha Ann, dau. Ebenezer and Mary (Brown) Whitney,
b. Feb. 9, 1817, d. Apr. 26, 1847, ^^- 2ndly June 10, 1849, Clarissa
Allen, dau. Ebenezef and Rebecca (Allen) Smith, b. June 9,
1818, d. Mar. 9, 1893. He d. Dec. 10, 1878. Mr. Allen united
with farming the manufacture of shoes in a little shop in con-
nection with his house. This industry was very common in
Dover a half century ago and was kept up by him longer than
by most residents of the town. Mr. Allen always spoke of his
descent as in the line of Ethan Allen of Revolutionary fame, a
fact of which he was very proud. Children :
Mary Antoinette, b. Dec. 26, 1835. d. 1854.
Mary Brown, b. July 21. 1838, d. Sept. 3, 1857.
Martha Antoinette, b. Aug. 10, 1841, m. June 22, 1865, Henry H.
Horton, res. Maiden.
Elizabeth Ellis, b. Nov. 12, 1843, m. Sept. 7, 1864, Joseph H. Proctor,
she d. Apr. 23, 1906.
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1. '.Colburni Ambler, b. 1770, m., May 5, 1801, Sally, dau.
Jesse and Azubah (Turner) Day, b. 1779, d. Jan. 16, 1831. He
d. June 20, 1 85 1. Mr. Ambler was bom in Sutton, but spent his
younger days in Wrentham, where he married Miss Day, a
granddaughter of Ephraim Bacon of Dover. This may have led
him to take up his residence here. He lived at Dover Center and
worked at farming, also in the rolling mills at Charles River.
The wages received at this time should be recorded. First-class
young men who received the highest wages got fifteen dollars a
month from April to November.
Women, if employed at all, received from fifty to seventy-five
cents a week, the latter price being the wages paid women for
teaching summer schools. Holidays and sick days were either
made up at the end of the season or deducted. Under these cir-
cumstances the hired man who gathered $150 for a season's
work was fortunate.
During the winter months many young men returned to their
homes in the northern New England States or the Provinces.
His son Artemas was a machinist and worked for forty years in
the rope walk at the Charlestown Nary Yard. His daughter Re-
becca married James R. Davis, a cabinet maker, who read law
and was admitted to the bar at Mil ford, where he resided and
was an associate justice of the Court. Children :
(2) Harvey, b. in Needham, Apr. 12, 1803.
Artemas. b. in Dover, Oct. 12, 1807, res. Charlestovim.
Elizabeth G., b. in Dover, Feb. 12, 1810, m. Joshua W. Smith,
Jeremiah D., b. in Needham, Dec. 28, 1815, a carpenter.
Rebecca B., b. in Needham, May 29, 1819, m. James R. Davis,
2. Harvey2 (Colburni), 5. Apr. 12, 1803, m. Oct. 12, 1827,
Lavinia Dyer, dau. Jesse and Mary (Colburn) Cook of Need-
ham, b. Sept. 18, 1804. d. Apr. 24, 1886. Miss Cook w^as de-
scended from Capt. Cook, to whom George K. Clarke, the his-
torian of Needham, thus refers : Capt. Cook had been a select-
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man in Dedham, was our first representative in the General
Court, a member of the board of selectmen and our first town
treasurer, also moderator of a hundred town meetings. For
over forty years Capt. Cook was the most prominent citizen of
Needham except the minister. Nathan Cook, who represented
Dover in the Revolution, was a descendant of Capt. Cook and
was born in Needham. Mr. Ambler died in Natick April 18,
1884. He lived as a boy in the family of Capt. George Fisher
and during the war of 1812* went to Fort Warren for nine days
and represented Capt. Fisher, who drew pay for his services
during the time. He was a drummer and carried his kettle
drum with him. Mr. Ambler was a paper maker and worked in
the paper mills at Charles River. His daughter, Lvdia L., is
the inventor and patentee of the "Ideal Tent and Summer
House," while Mary R. has written a good deal for publication,
mostly short stories and poems under the nom de plume of Hope
Holly and Clara Perry. Some of her writings are in the library
of the Dover Historical'Society. Children:
Harvey A., b. in Needham, May 2, 1829, m. Emeline J. Drury res
Charlestown. j' ■
Horace E., b. in Needham, May 2, 1829, m. Maranda M. Williams, res
Sarah E., b. in Needham, Feb. 22, 1831, m. Henry B. Hall, Bethel
Luther C, b. in Dover, July 21. 1832, m. Caroline A. Boyden res.
William T., b. in Needham, Oct. 28, 1835, m. Martha A. Bramley, res
Mary R., born in Dover, May 27, 1837, m. Joseph H. Esty, res.
Lydia L., b. in Needham, Nov. 6, 1840. m. Isaac B. Pope, Natick
James A., b. in Needham, Apr. 2, 1842. m. Mary A. Furber res
Artemas C, b. in Needham. Jan. 8, 1844, m. Eliza T. Jenkins res
Jerry Nelson, b. in Needham, May 26, 1845, m. Sylvinia B Morrison
*t. Jt Pu'^l'cation by the state in 1915 of the Massachusetts Militia durine
the War of 1812, shows that in addition to the list of Dover Soldiers previously
given, Reuben Newell, Leonard Gay and John Plimpton took part at Fort Warren
from Sept. 13 to Nov. 30, 18 14, in Capt. Geo. Fisher's Detached Company from
Dover and vicinity.
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1. Jessei Ayres purchased a house lot of two acres on Ded-
ham street near Day's bridge, where he built in 1794. This place
was afterwards known for many years as the residence of
Thomas Smith. Mr. Ayres' line of descent has not been traced.
He married in Dover, October 7, 1790, Mehitable, dau. Joshua
and Martha (Fisher) Kingsbury of Dedham, b. Jan. 31, 1766.
He moved in 1815 to Lancaster. Children:
Mary, b. , m. July 23, 1812, William Vose, Needham.
(2) Fisher, b. .
Sarah, b. .
2. Fisher- (Jesse^), m. Sally Worcester of Lancaster, b.
August, 1789, d. Jan. 19, 1879. He died in 1839. Mr. Ayres
lived on the Barden farm at the "New Mill" and worked out as
a farm hand, also worked in the mill in the winter season. Mrs.
Ayres did service in many households and long survived her hus-
band. Previous to her death Mrs. Ayres was for many years
the only surviving member of the family in town ; she lived in a
house which stood on the grounds of the Sanger High School.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ayres were born in various places.
Their names are here brought together, lacking, however, many
facts relating to births, deaths, etc. Children :
(3) Calvin, b. Aug. 12, 1827.
tLorenzo. went to California in "50" and d. there later.
Elizabeth, m. 1848, Thomas Ruggles. She d. Dec, 1896.
Mary Ann, did not marry and settled in California.
tResidents of Dover who went to California previous to i860 ; Hiram Adams, 52 ;
Lorenzo Ayers, 50; Mary A. Ayers, 54; Hiram Barden, 52; ILdwin Battelle, 50;
G. Summer, Battelle, 53; Jackson Battelle, 49; Samuel Bemis, 53; Geo. E. Chicker-
ing, 57; Otis Chickering, 52; John Ford, 52; Joseph Graves, 50; Albert Gay and
family, 51; Charles Ferguson, 50; John Ferguson, 50; Ezra Keys, 53; Charles Mar-
den, 52 ; J. Warren ]\Iunroe, 57 ; John L. Moore, 54 ; I^uther Richards, 59 ; Abigail
Rlcker, 51; Isaac Smith, 50; E. D. Shedd, 49; Walter W. Upham, 49; Charles Whit-
ing, 53; Ithamar Whiting, ist, 49; Ruggles Whiting, 53; Smith Whiting, 51; Asa
Wilson, 49; Henry Wilson, 54; Henry M. Gay, 60.
Bridge Street, used since 16^6
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3. Calvin^ (Fisher-, Jessed), b. Aug. 12, 1827, m. 1848, Re-
becca, dau. Atwood and Urania Cady of Blackstone, b. 1824, d.
1 87 1. He enlisted from Dover in the Civil War and gave an
honorable service. He d. Dec. 11, 1884. Children:
Emma M., b. July 20, 1849, m. 1868, Edwin C. Moulton, d. Apr. 11,
William H., b. July 15, 1850, m. May 30, 1889, Mary M. Hale, Needham.
Sarah J., b. July 20, 1851, unmarried.
Ruth E., b. Feb. 7, 1853, m. Nov. 30, 1870, Washington I. Fearing,
George F., b. Mar. 18, 1858, m. 1892, Lydia Bowker of Maine.
The Bacons were early settlers in Dover. In 1663 the follow-
ing grant was made : Granted unto John Bacon, Nathaniel Fisher
and Thomas Batle a parcell of Land in leiw of a part of their
Naticke Devident as it lyeth in a neck of land beyond nowanits
(Noanet) ware in an elbow at turn of Charles River. This
grant comprised the northwest corner of Dover adjoining Natick.
Here in 1682 John Bacon built a house for his son John (Bel-
den farm) having been given permission to take timber from
the Common for the purpose. John Bacon, Jr., married in 1683
the daughter of Andrew Dewing, who formerly occupied an ad-
joining farm. Mr. Dewing was a minister to the Natick Indians
and lived only a mile away from their settlement ; he was also an
assistant to the apostle Eliot. Thomas Battell succeeded Mr.
Dewing as the owner of this farm (N. S. Bartlett, Jr., estate)
on the Clay brook road near the picnic grounds of the late Ben-
jamin N. Sawin. John Bacon gave to his sons, John and Mi-
chael, in 1728-9 the respective farms on which they were living
near the Natick line.
I. John^ Bacon (John^, Michael^), b. July 17, 1658, m. Dec.
15, 1683, Lydia, dau. Andrew and Ann Dewing, d. Nov. 17, 1754.
He died Oct. 2y, 1732. Children :
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Lydia, b. Oct. 12, 1684.
Rebecca, b. June 30, 1687.
Rachel, b. Mar. 30, 1690, m. June 5, 1729, David Lawrence,
Phebe, b. Mar. 30, 1690.
(2) John, b. Jan. 31, 1693.
(3) Michael, b. Mar. 21, 1696.
2. John-* (John^, John-, Michael^), b. Jan. 31, 1693, m. Eliza-
beth, dau. of John and Rebecca (ElHs) Fisher, b. Apr. 11, 1696,
d. Aug. 27, 1740, m. 2ndly Abigail . He died Nov. 3, 1749.
He wg:S one of the petitioners for the organization of the First
Parish in 1748. His farm was the land now comprised in the
B. N. Sawin and E. T. Phelps estates on the Clay brook road.
There was a cider mill on this farm in 1748. Children:
Rebecca, b. Dec. 30, 1717, m. Hezekiah Broad.
Elizabeth, b. Jan. 1720, m. Mr. Hunting.
John, b. Apr. 17, 1722, a housewright, res. Natick
Oliver, b. Oct. 19. 1724, res. Natick.
(4) Richard, b. Mar. 12, 1726-7.
(5) Jeremiah, b. Ang. 24, 1729. a cordwainer.
Hannah, b. Aug. 25, 1732, m. Nathan Ellis.
I\Iary, b. Dec. il, 1734.
Abigail, b. Jan. 29, 1737.
Joseph, b. , was a housewright and lived in Sherborn in 1772.
3. Michael^ (John^, John^, MichaeU), b. Mar. 21, 1695-6, m.
May 16, 1721, Abigail, dau. Ralph and Sarah (Fuller) Day, b.
Mar. 29, 1695. He had his farm from his father's estate
(Charles M. Belden place) on the Clay brook road. He sold his
farm in 1762 to Josiah Bacon and moved to Natick. Children:
Michael, b. July 25, 1722, m. Mary Mills, Needham.
(6) Ephraim, b. Nov. 31, 1724.
Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1726-7.
Nehemiah, b. Jan. 4, 1728-9, d. Dec. 17, 1798.
(7) Josiah, b. Jan. 6, 1730.
Lydia, b. Dec. 21, 1734, m. Mar. i, 1759, Joseph Draper. Jr.
(8) William, b. Sept. 24, 1735.
4. Richard^ (John*, John^, John^, Michael^), b. Mar. T2,
1726-7, m. Mar. 11, 1756, Anna, dau. Jonathan and Sarah
(Smith) Hawes of Needham, b. Oct. 10, 1733, d. Apr. 20, 1763,
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m. 2ndly July 5, 1764, Sarah Cheney of Dedham, d. Sept. 23,
1800. Richard Bacon had that part of his father's farm on
Main street which was known for many years as the Cleveland
place, where he settled in 1756. He served in Col. Samuel Bul-
lard's Regiment from Natick at Lexington and Bunker Hill.
He d. in Natick, Sept. 2, 1810. Children:
Richard, b. Jan. lO, 1757.
Jonathan, b. Apr. 9, 1760.
Amasa, b. Aug. 4, 1765, d. May 5, 1834-
Sarah, b. Jan. 24, 1772, m. Jeremiah Smith.
Micah, b. Jan. 13, 1774, d. July 7, 1776.
5. Jeremiah^ (John'*, John^, John-, Michael^), b. Aug. 24,
1729, m. Aug. 15, 1752, Anna, dau. Jonathan and Anna TBtii-
lard) Whiting, b. Jan. 6, 1728-9. Mr. Bacon was a corcrwainer
by trade ; he lived on the John Bacon farm on the Clay brook
road. Children :
Silas, b. Sept. 11, 1753.
Jeremiah, b. Apr. 30, 1754.
Moses, b. Jan. 17, 1756.
Anna, b. Mar. 29, 1761, m. Mar. i, 1792, Ephraim Bacon.
Jesse, b. Aug. 11, 1763, settled in Troy, N. Y.
Betty, b. Jan. 28, 1766, d. Mar. 12, 1766.
6. Ephraim^ (Michael^, John^, John^, Michael^), b. Nov. 30,
1724, m. July 10, 1753, in Boston, Rebecca Reynolds. He lived
on the cast part of the original Michael Bacon homestead
on the Clay brook road. Children :
David, b. .
Rebecca, b. Feb. 12, 1754, m. Aug. 20, 1772, Joseph Day, Walpole.
Mary, b. Apr. 24, 1755, m. 1777, Joseph Wood, Stoughton (?)
Ephraim, b. May 26, 1756, m. Mar. i, 1792, Anna Bacon, Dover.
Phebe, b. Nov. 3, 1757.
7. Josiah^ (Michael*, John^, John^, Micheal^), b. 1730, m.
Nov. 27, 1755, Abigail, dau. Jonathan and Martha
Smith of Needham, b. Aug. 10, 1734. Lived on the John Bacon
homestead on the Clay brook road. Children :
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(9) Josiah, b. May 2^, 1757.
Michael, b. Feb. 4, 1759.
Abigail, b. Nov. 14, 1760, m. May 24, 1781, Thomas Sawin, Jr.,
Timothy, b. Aug. 2, 1762.
James, b. 1761.
8. William^ (Michael*, JohnS, John^, Michaeli), b. Sept. 24,
1735, m. Feb. 15, 1759, Elizabeth Hawes, He died Dec. 20,
1818. He lived for a time on his father's farm on the Clay
brook road, but later moved to Natick. In 1780 he returned to
Dover and in 1798 bought the George McKenzie farm in the
south part of the town. Although he spent much of his life in
Dover, the records relating to him are very meagre. Moses
and Aaron are believed to have been his sons. Children :
William, b. 1759.
(10) Moses, b. .
(11) Aaron, b. .
9. Josiah'\ Jr. (Josiah^, MichaeH, John^, John-, Michael^), b.
May 26, 1757, m. Olive . He died Jan. 29, 1800. Mr.
Bacon lived on the John Bacon homestead on the Clay brook
road. Children :
Ralph, b. May 27, 1780, d. Nov. 17, 1784.
Patty, b. Nov. 10, 1782, m. Apr. 10, 1805, Benjamin Day.
Ralph, b. Sept. 12, 1785, d. Apr. 25. 1867, Orange.
Michael, b. Oct. 8. 1787, d. June 24, 1788.
Michael, b. May i, 1790.
Josiah, b. Sept. 26, 1792, d. Jan. 20, 1800.
Timothy, b. Jan. 4, 1794.
Sherman, b. Sept. 19, 1797.
Josiah, b. Feb. 26, 1800.
Loring, b. 1805.
10. Moses^ (WilUam^, MichaeH, John^, John-, Michael^), m.
Anna. — Lived in various places in town. His last residence
was on the Charles Dickens place, Centre street, which he sold
in 1819. Children:
Betsey, b. June 15, 1782.
Anna. b. Feb. i, 1785, m. Ebenezer Wilkinson.
Eunice, b. Nov. 19, 1787.
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Jesse, b. Nov. 9, 1790.
Sally, b. June 8, 1783, d. June 19, 1793.
Bela, b. Jan. 10, 1795, of Dedham, 1819.
11. Aaron^ (William^, MichaeH, John^, John^, Michael^), m.
Apr. 4, 1799, Aseneth, dau. Stephen and Hannah (Babcock)
Prentiss of Sherborn, b. June 2, 1774. Children:
Harriet, b. , d. Oct. 7, 1802.
Enoch, b. Mar. 6, 1804, d. 1891 in New York.
Benjamin P., b. July 9, 1806.
12. Silas^ (Jeremiah^, John"*, John^, John^ Michael^), b. Sept.
II, 1758, m. June 28, 1787, Molly, dau. John and Abigail
(Cheney) Draper, b. June 12, 1767, d. Oct. 6, 1815. Silas Bacon
settled on Main street on the farm owned by the late Henry R.
Stevens and his house is still standing. Mr. Bacon was a cap-
tain in the militia and a blacksmith at a time when his services
called for a variety of v/ork not undertaken by the blacksmith
of today. He d. July 3, 1840. Children :
Fanny, b. June 28, 1788, d. in Natick in 1866.
Silas, b. Mar. 3, 1790, m. Polly Colburn, res. Newton Upper Falls.
Horace, b. Dec. 7, 1791, res. Newton Lower Falls.
(13) Martin, b. Feb. 6, 1794, m. Jan. 9, 1820, Sophia Brackett, Weston.
Abigail, b. Feb. 26, 1795, m. Feb. 19, 1814. Reuben Newell.
Alfred, b. Oct. 6, 1798, m. Nov. 23, 1834, Harriet Perry, res. Natick.
Mary, b. Sept. 30, 1801, m. John W. DeMerritt.
Calvin W., b. .
12. Martin'^ (Silas^, Jeremiah^, John^, John^, John^, Mi-
chaeli), b. Feb. 6, 1794, m. Jan. 9, 1820, Sophia, dau. David and
Susannah (Bird) Brackett of Weston, b. Oct. 3, 1791, d. Nov.
12, 1868. He died Apr. 21, 1858. Mr. Bacon had land from his
father's farm, on which he built on Main street. Children :
(14) Francis, b. Mar. 4. 1821, m. June 1858, Mary A. Brigham.
Susannah B., b. Nov. 15, 1823, m. Nov. 25, 1842, Stephen H.
Harriet H., b. Jan. 12, 1825, d. Nov. 1891.
Mary D., b. Sept. 26, 1826, m. May 17, 1848, Otis H. Moulton.
Abigail N., b. Oct. 19. 1829, m. Oct. 19. 1855, D. Lafayette Garfield.
Hannah, b. Nov. i, 1832, m. Feb. 27, 1873. Luther Pierce.
(15) Silas, b. May 5, 1835, m. 1862, Frances Hildreth.
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14. Francis^ (Martin''', Silas^, Jeremiah-^, John"*, John^ John-,
Michael^), b. Mar. 4, 1821, m. June 8, 1857, Mary Annie, dau.
John Gott and Lucy (Howe) Brigham, Concord, b. May 8, 1833
d. Apr. 22, 1906. He died Aug. 12, 1905. Lived on Pleasant
street. Children :
Lula H., b. May 23, i860, m. 1886, George Brown.
(16) Frank E. b. Feb. 23, 1863.
15. Silas^ (Martin''', Silas*^, Jeremiah-'', John*, John^, John-,
Michael^), b. May 4, 1835, m. May 14, 1863, Frances Eliza, dau.
Franklin and Sarah P. (Haskell) Hildreth of Woodstock, Vt.,
b. May 15, 1836, d. Sept. 21, 1897. Lived at the homestead on
Main street. Child :
Katherine B., (adopted), b. Glasgow, Scotland, June 6, 1877, m. Dec.
23. 1896, Clarence E. Simpson.
16. Frank^ E. (Francis^, Martin''', Silas^, Jeremiah^, John*,
John^, John-, Michael^), b. Feb. 23, 1863, m. Dec. 30, 1895,
Louise Ada, dau. Charles August and Henrietta (Yorkewitz)
Ghoerke, b. in Needhani, now Wellesley, Oct. 2, 1866. Child:
Irene Louise, b. Nov. 21, 1896.
Aaron'' (Stephen^, Elijah", Stephen*, Stephen^, John^, Mi-
cliael^), b. Apr. i, 181 1, m. Apr. 11, 1836, Mary S., dau. Thomas
and Martha (Davis) Brooks of Lincoln, b. Dec. 6, 1814, d. Jan.
8, 1902. He died July 8, 1895. Mr. Bacon was a farmer (Pat-
rick Slavin place on Farm street) ; although his farm was not a
large one, it was one of the best kept in town. He was a public-
spirited citizen, interested in the First Parish Church, the schools
and in town improvements. He was for many years town treasur-
er and collector of taxes. Some years before his death he sold his
farm and moved from town, but later purchased the Gay place
on the Clay brook road, where he passed the remaining days of
iiis life. Children :
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Mary J., b. in Lincoln. July 31, 1837, m. Benj. N. Sawin.
Ellen M., b. in Lincoln, Nov. 11, 1839, m. Jan. i, 1865, Albert L.
Charles A., b. in Southboro, Apr. 25, 1842, d. Feb. 18, 1852.
(17) Albert H., b. in Southboro, Mar. i, 1845.
Alfred A., b. in Southboro, July 22, 1847, d. May i, 1873.
(18) Edwin F., b. in Dover, June 19, 1850.
Charles A., b. in Dover, Apr. 26, 1853, d. June 20, 1874.
(19) Walter T., b. in Dover, Dec. i, 1855.
17. Albert^ H. ( Aaron S Stephen^, Elijah^, Stephen'S
Stephen^, John-, Michael^), b. Mar. 1, 1845, ™- M^^'- 4, iS?*^,
Annie, dau. of Warren and Harriet (Pierce) Sawin b. Jan. 25,
1858, d. Dec. 16, 1879. He married 2ndly Dec. 25, 1881, Ella M.,
dau. Warren and Harriet (Pierce) Sawin, b. Aug. 10, 1850. With
his brother, Edwin F. Bacon, he succeeded Linus Bliss as a
grocer, but after a few years discontinued the business as the
store was burned. He soon after moved to Waltham. Children :
Walter H., b. Sept. 15, 1878.
Chester W., b. Aug. 22, 1887.
18. Edwin^ F. (Aaron'^, Stephen^, Elijah^, Stephen*,
Stephen-^, John-, Michael^), b. June 19, 1850, m. Apr. 14, 1874,
Edna L., dau. Francis G. and Hannah (Thorpe) Gay, b. Jan. 13,
1852. He was in the grocery business with his brother for some
years. Built the house on Springdale avenue, east of the Shoe-
ing Forge. He had a responsible position on the estate of Ben-
jamin P. Cheney for many years. Mr. Bacon now lives in Wal-
tham. Child :
Howard E., b. Sept. 4, 1884.
19. Walter^ T. (Aaron', Stephen^, Elijah-'', Stephen^, Ste-
phen^, John-, Michael^), b. Dec. 1855, m. June 13, 1875, Sarah
Nellie, dau. James H. and Mercy B. (Harrub) Soule, b. Jan. 29,
1857. He died in Waltham Jan. 13, 1904. Child:
Sadie N., b. May 30, 1876, m. May 20, 1897, Robert John Westwood,
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Timothy''' Bailey (Timothy^, Nathan^, David^, Isaac^, John^,
John^), son of Timothy and Betsey (Hunt) Bailey, was b. in
Tewksbury, Jan. 13, 1807. "i- July 15, 1845, Ann Jennett,
dau. of Sherman and Hitty (Newell) Battelle. b. Sept. 17,
1817, d. Nov. 27, 1890. He d. Aug. 10, 1891. Mr. Bailey was
descended from John Bailey, who came from England to
America with a son, John. They settled in Salisbury, Tim-
othy's grandfather married and settled in Tewksbury. He
graduated from the Newton Theological School in 1842 and
was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church at Oxford, Maine,
Feb. 15, 1843, later he was pastor of the Baptist Church at
Sincoe, Canada, where, after three years, he was prostrated
with illness from which he never fully recovered. He retired
from the ministry and settled in Dover. He was at one time
the supervising member of the school committee. Children :
Jennie A., b. Nov. i, 1847, d. June 21, 1848.
Herbert M., b. May 5, 1849, d. Nov. 17, 1856.
Marietta W., b. July 6, 1852.
Howard A., b. May 13, 1854, d. Jan. 23, 1856.
George S., b. Apr. 5, 1857. d. Aug. 29, 1862.
Carrie D., b. Aug. 2-7, i860, d. Sept. 8, 1862.
I. Jabez^ Baker (Timothy"*, John^, John^, Edward^), b.
Dec. 9, 1737, m. June 11, 1767, Hannah, dau. Joshua and Mary
(Partridge) Morse of Medfield b. 1742. He d. Jan. 6, 1823.
Mr. Baker was descended from Edward Baker, who settled in
1630 in that part of Lynn which is now Saugus. He is sup-
posed to have belonged to Gov. Winthrop's Company. He
was admitted a freeman in March, 1630. Jabez Baker lived
on Strawberry hill on the farm later owned by his son-in-
law, Michael Draper. Children :
(2) Jabez, b. June 20, 1771.
Hannah, b. Apr. 26, 1773. m. May 27, 1794, Michael Draper.
Next to farming, the earliest occupation in Dover
DOVER GENEALOGIES 27
2. Jabez6 (JabezS, Timothy^, John^, John2, Edward^), b.
June 20, 1 771. m. June 30, 1796, Abigail, dau. of Thomas and
Abigail (Fisher) Burrage, b. Jan. 19, 1775, d. Jan. 27, 1863.
He d. Sept. 25, 1854. Mr. Baker was a noted trader of the
town and vicinity, an occupation that has entirely disap-
peared, and one which carried with it the purchase of farms,
the swapping of oxen and horses, the buying and selling of
cows, pigs, farm produce, etc., etc. He was an early member
of the Baptist denomination. Children:
(3) Jabez, b. Apr. 25, 1799.
Abigail, b. Mar. 12, 1802, d. Nov. 23, 1890.
Mary, b. May 14, 1804, m. Nov. i, 1824, Eliakim Morse, Medfield.
3. Jabez7 (JabezS, Jabez^, Timothy4, John^, John2, Ed-
wardl), b. Apr. 25, 1799. m. July 20, 1823, Ann, dau. of John
and Abigail (Pratt) Burrage, b. Dec. 21, 1800, d. Dec. 29, 1887.
He died July 5, 1877. Mr. Baker was a farmer and inherited
the homestead on Dedham street ; he was for many years an
honored and respected citizen. Children :
George Warren, b. Oct. 9, 1824, d. Oct. 21, 1894.
Ann Matilda, b. Dec. 15, 1826, d. Jan. 16, 1896.
Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1828, d. June 8, 1851.
Henry, b. Oct. 11, 1837, d. Dec. 17, 1841.
Joseph^ Emerson Baldwin (Henry^, Joseph^, Theophilus^,
T'heophilus2, Johnl), b. in Norwich, Conn., July 30, 1824. m.
May 15, 1854, Amy Maria, dau. Dea. Calvin and Elizabeth
(Adams) Bigelow, b. Sept. 24, 1828, d. May 16, 1910, San
Jose, California. Mr. Baldwin was descended in the sixth
generation from John Baldwin of Stonington, Conn., a son of
Sylvester Baldwin, who died on board the ship Martin, in
the passage to America in 1638. The Baldwin line of descent
in England has been traced through Sylvester^, Henry^, Rich-
mond^, back to the year 1500. Joseph Emerson Baldwin
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traced his ancestry to Capt. John Mason, who led the early
settlers against the Indians and to whose memory a statue has
been erected at Mystic, Conn. Mr. Baldwin at the time of his
marriage, and for some years subsequent, was an engineer on
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and during those years his
family lived in Dover. Later he went into business on Water
street, New York City, where, with his brother, he engaged in
cork-cutting, the machinery used having been invented by his
brother-in-law, William R. Crocker. He resided in Brooklyn
and with his family was greatly interested in the work of
Plymouth Church in the years when Henry Ward Beecher
was at the height of his influence and power. Mr. Baldwin
represented the firm as a traveling salesman and died sud-
denly at Saratoga Springs, Sept. 29, 1885. Children:
Abbie E., b. Dec. 12, 1856, d. Sept. 22, 1877.
Francis E.,t b. Nov. 4, 1858, m. June 19, 1889, Laura B. Smith, res.
Pueblo. Col., d. in San Jose. Cal.. Mar. 18, 1912. Children.
Elizabeth Adams, b. Oct. 12, 1891, m. Norman H. Sloane. Asst. Supt.
Monterey Forest Reservation, Santa Barbara.
Helen Marguerite, b. Jan. i, 1896.
Ellen F.. b. May 6, i860, d. May 5, 1865.
Clarence A., b. Mar. 28, 1875, mechanical engineer, res. Tucaipa, Cali.
tMr. Baldwin was educated at the School of Mines, Columbia College. Owing
to ill health he was obliged to give up his residence in the East, and go to Colorado,
where he lived for many years. He served as private secretary to Governor Cooper
of Colorado. During President Harrison's administration he was the Registrar in
the United States Land Office at Pueblo, Colorado. Later Mr. Baldwin was ad-
mitted to the bar and practised as a land and mine attorney. A serious illness
compelled him in 1903 to move to Calfornia and lead an out-of-door life. He
settled in San Jose, and started up in the poultry business, making a specialty of the
White Leghorn. He built up a business which put himi at the head of the White
Leghorn specialists on the Pacific Coast, receiving more prizes than any other
breeder at the different poultry shows, when the competition, in this particular
breed, was much stronger than any other.
I. Frederickl Barden, m. Jan. 12, 1796, Polly, dau. Robert
Grossman, of Taunton, and settled in Dover. He was em-
ployed by the New Mill Company, being their superintendent,
and lived in a house long since removed near the new mill.
Some stately elms still remain near the house spot which were
DOVER GENEALOGIES 29
silent witnesses of tlie life and business which once existed
there, but which has long since disappeared. Mr. Barden was
a quiet and respected citizen. He moved to Wakefield, N. H.
Polly, b. Dec. i6, 1797, m. May 8, 1820, James Wiswall, settled in
(2) Calvin, b. Oct. 18, 1799.
Lucy, b. Apr. 5, 1802, m. Mr. Tappan.
Lydia J., b. Mar. 26, 1804, m. Geo. Gray, Dover, N. H.
(3) Frederick, b. Mar. 30, 1806.
Bradford, b. Oct. 8, 1808, res. Andover.
2. Calvin- (Frederick^), b. Oct. 18, 1799, m. May 7, 1827,
Caroline, dau. of John and Abigail (Pratt) Burrage, b. May 6,
1804, d. Apr. 25, 1855. He was a blacksmith by trade and
owned the Stanwood farm on Dedham street. Children :
Hiram, b. Oct. 26, 1828, d. May i, 1862.
Mary W., b. Dec. 27, 1830, m. Nov. 28, 1871, Daniel F. Mann.
Frederick, b. July 22, 1832, d. Feb. 8, 1870.
Anna, b. Aug. 7, 1835, d. Jan. 13, 1843.
3. Frederick- (Frederick^), b. Mar. 30, 1806, m. Nov. 29,
1832, Elizabeth, dau. Josiah and Betsey (Mann) Newell, b.
Apr. 3, 1810, d. Sept. 24, 1884. He d. Sept. 25, 1877. Mr.
Barden was for many years a beloved citizen of Newton, the
place of his adoption, and was a very successful manufacturer.
His early life was spent in work in the rolling inills at Dover,
later at Wareham, with a year at Pembroke, Maine, where
he was employed in setting up large mills. He derived from
nature "an agreeable person, a sound constitution, a solid un-
derstanding, and a benevolent heart." About 1845 he settled
in Newton Upper Falls and built mills which employed some
forty men, doing a business which sometimes involved two
hundred thousand dollars a year. In all the years of his busi-
ness life he never had a strike; he gave his workmen what
was just and right, and they loved him as a father. He was
very frank and had a racy Saxon speech which sometimes
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bordered on bluntness. He was a man of unbounded cheer-
fulness and always carried with him the sunshine of a cheer-
ful greeting. Mr. Barden represented Newton in the Legis-
lature, and was the last representative of that town elected
by the Whig party. He made vigorous war against rum sell-
ers who sought to establish themselves in the village of his
residence in order to gain the wages of the working men.
He was generous and distributed of his means with a liberal
hand and a large sympathy always went with his gifts. He
was a deacon in the Channing Church at New-ton. Mr. Bar-
den always took a deep interest in the First Parish Church
of his native town and endowed its Parish Library. His life
is worthy of emulation ; in all public enterprises he was al-
ways willing to do his part. "The temptations in business
never bent his uprightness, the struggles of hard times never
hardened his heart."' In the great school of life, through
labor and hardship, he built up a character which was strong,
tender and helpful to those around him. A friend said : "His
neighbors all admired, honored and loved him."
I. Clement- Bartlett (William^), b. Apr. lo, 1795, m. 1824,
Frances T. Whittemore, b. Nov. 18, 1805, d. Oct. 3, 1850. He
m. 2ndly 1855 Mrs. Nancy (Everett) Draper, widow Charles
Draper, who d. Nov., 1876. He died Mar. 2, 1870. Mr. Bart-
lett was a farmer and lived on Strawberry hill. He was a
deacon in the Baptist Church and a respected citizen. He was
born in Plymouth, but removed with his father to Norway,
Maine, when five years old. Mr. Bartlett first settled in West
Roxbury, later in West Dedham, and still later took up his
residence in Dover.
Henryt L., b. July, 1826, m. Feb., 1853, Mary A. Wiggin,
West Dedham, m. 2ndly 1879, Elvina F. Russell, of Roxbury.
tAll born in Dedham.
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Frances E.. b. Jan. 1828, d. Oct. 1829.
Alfred L., b. June 1830, d. at sea, May, 1853.
Anna E., b. June, 1832, d. Apr., 1897.
Jane H., b. Oct. 1835, m. 1856, Joseph Young, Boston.
(2) Andrew W., b. July 1837, m. 1861, Margaret J. Fearing.
Francis A., b. Dec. 1846.
2. Andrew^ W. (Clement-, William^), b. July, 1837, m.
Aug. 31, 1861, Margaret J., dau. Perez L. and Margaret (Cor-
thell) Fearing, b. Mar. 9, 1839, d. Feb. 18, 1888. He died at
Beaufort, S. C, Feb. 28, 1864. Child:
Margaret E., b. July 28, 1863, m. Apr. 30, 1882, Herbert L. Fuller,
3. Albert- Bartlett (Davidi), b. in West Newbury, Oct. 7,
1818, m. Nov., 1855, Dolly Ann, dau. Jonathan and Philenia
(Webster) Williams, born at Hampstead, N. H., Aug. 22,
1827, d. Sept. 12, 1889. He d. Apr. 3, 1896. Mr. Bartlett set-
tled in Reading, where he lived until 1873, when he moved to
Dover, having purchased the Fred B. Rice place on Farm
street. Children :
Anna Alberteen, b. July 11, 1861, m. Nov. 16, 1881, Geo. Battelle.
Lennie Williams, b. May 24, 1863, a teacher in Somerville.
I. Eugene 1^, Batchelder (SamueP, Samuel^, Jonathan''', Jon-
athan^, John^, John^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel-, Stephen^), was
born in New Ipswich, N. H., Nov. 13, 1822, m. June 16, 1864,
Caroline, dau. David and Emma Deshon. He died Oct. 8,
1878. Mr. Batchelder was a son of the Hon. Samuel Batch-
elder, a pioneer in the industry of cotton manufactures in the
United States. His mother was a daughter of Gen. John Mont-
gomery. This family is descended from the Rev. Stephen
Batchelder, a leading non-conformist minister, who lived in
various places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr.
2>2 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Batchelcler was graduated from the Law School of Harvard
University in 1845. He was remarkable for his acquaintance
with English, German and French literature. He wrote many
poems, some being set to music. One of his longer poems
was published in book form under the title, "The Romance of
the Sea Serpent.'' It passed through several editions. He
had an interesting lecture in verse, which he often delivered.
He engaged in farming and for many years owned the Forbes
place on Main street. Child :
Maude Montgomery, b. Apr. 28, 1872.
2. John- P. Bachelder (Philipi), b. in Jay, Me., May 7,
1825, m. Nov. 14, 1850, Martha B., dau. Jared and Hannah
(Richards) Allen, b. Jan. 4, 1820, d. Oct. 6, 1884. He died
Feb. 23, 1893. ^I^- Bachelder was on the road selling ladders
for several years but succeeded to the Allen homestead on
Pegan hill. The business of marketing — the selling of veal,
butter, eggs, berries, and all kinds of farm produce — had been
carried on for many years by his brother-in-law, Sumner Al-
len, from the Pegan hill farm. After Mr. Allen's death in
1865, Mr. Bachelder succeeded to the business, which he con-
tinued until seriously injured in Newton, after which time
the business was discontinued. He was one of the early own-
ers of a mowing machine, and did much mowing for farmers
before mowing machines became common. Children :
Philip Allen, b. iMar. 14. 1854, ™- Dec. 13, 1876.
Mary E. Farrington, res. Everett.
Hannah R., b. Aug. 4. 1856, d. Feb. 23, 1859.
Jared Allen, b. Apr. 21. 1859, m. Apr. 18, 1880, Annie M. Greer.
I. Thomas^ Battelle, the emigrant, m. Sept. 5, 1648, Mary,
Note. — In the earliest records the name is spelled both "Battle" and "Battelle."
On the petition of Jonathan Battle of Dover, the latter spelling was authorized
by the General Court in 1821.
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dau. Joshua and Mary Fisher, d. August 6, 1691. He died
Feb. 8, 1705. The name Battelle seems to have been of Nor-
man origin; it is found in England as early as the 12th cen-
tury and has two coats of arms. Thomas Battelle's property
as assessed seems to have been above the average. Mr. Battelle
settled in Dedham about the time of his marriage, where he
was admitted a freeman in 1654. He was prominent in the
early history of the town, being for many years a school
master and for a time town clerk. He was for five years one
of the selectmen of Dedham, and one of the first settlers west
of Strawberry hill. He acquired the farm of Lieut. Andrew
Dewin on the Clay brook road in 1669, where the outline of
the cellar is still visible, near the picnic grounds of the late
Benjamin N. Sawin. This was the original Battelle home-
stead and was the home of his son, Jonathan, in 1726, at which
time he deeded it to his son, Nathaniel. Thomas Battelle had
grants which are very definite in locating his land. "Granted
to Thomas Battle half an acre of upland and meadow bot-
tom as it lieth near the Great Brook, near Natick, bounded
by his own land southeast, the way to the brook, and by the
brook in all other parts." In taking steps to lay out a road
from Noanet's brook westward to an "Elbowe of ye River" in
1692, Thomas Battelle's "old field" is spoken of, which shows
that he had cultivated land in the vicinity. Children :
(2) John, b. July i, 1652.
Sarah, b. Aug. 8, 1654, m. Oct. 25, 1679, Silas Titus.
(3) Jonathan, b. July 24, 1658.
Martha, b. Aug. 9, 1660, d. Dec. 28, 1674.
Mary, b. May 6, 1650, m. Mar. 20, 1677, John Briant. Scituate.
Daniel, b. July i, 1687, d. Feb. 10, 1717-8.
2. John2 (Thomas^), b. July i, 1652, m. Nov. 18, 1678, Han-
nah, dau. Thomas and Experience (Leland) Holbrook. He
d. Sept. 30, 1713. Mr. Battelle lived on the place best known
as the Farrington farm on Main street, which he received
from his father. He is believed to have moved to Dedham
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about 1712, having given his farm to his son, John, Jr. Chil-
Hannah, b. July 26, 1680.
tMary, b. Mar. 12, 1683-4. m. July 9, 1712, Eleazer Allen.
(4) John. b. Oct. 20, 1687.
(5) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 2, 1690.
tSome genealogists have thought that Eleazer Allen, married Mary, daughter of
Jonathan and Mary (Onion) Battelle ; both were of marriageable age, but no
documentary evidence has been found that is proof in either case.
3. Jonathan- (Thomas^) b. July 24, 1658, m. Apr. 15, 1690,
Mary Onion. He lived on the homestead on the Clay Brook
road, which he sold to his son, Nathaniel, in 1726-7. Children:
Martha, b. Mar. 13, 1691. m. June 20, 1716, Ralph Day.
(6) Jonathan, b. Jan. 3. 1692-3.
Mary, b. July 4, 1694, d. Sept. 9, I7i9(')
Sarah, b. Oct. 20, 1698, d. Aug. i. 1720.
Abigail, b. Dec. 11, 1709.
(7) Nathaniel, b. 1701.
4. John^ (John-, Thomasi), b. Oct. 20, 1687, "''• Jan. 19,
1710-11, Abigail, dau. John and Mary (Mason) Draper, b. De-
cember, 1686. He died Feb. 14, 1729-30. Children:
Abigail, b. July 12, 1713, m. Thomas Morse.
(8) John, b. Apr. 30, 1718.
Mary, b. Dec. 14, 1721, m. Sept. 14, 1742, Matthew Hastings.
James, b. Sept. 19. 1728, m. Oct. 12, 1749, Anna Mills, Needham,
settled in Tyringham, where he died, 1813.
5. Ebenezer^ (John^, Thomas^), b. Jan. 2, 1690-1, m. Mar.
31, 1715, xA.bigail, dau. John and Sarah Gay, b. 1690, d. May 26,
1716, m. 2ndly Aug. 8, 1717, Abigail, dau. Joseph and Hannah
(Sabin) Allen of Medfield, b. 1694), m. 3rdly June 16, 1747,
Zipporah Ellis. He died Mar. 6, 1759. Believed to have lived
on Strawberry hill. Children :
Abigail, b. 1716, d. May 23, 1720.
Hannah, b. Oct. 26, 1719. d. Dec. 17, 1719.
Abigail, b. Mar. 31, 1721, m. Nathaniel Smith.
Hannah, b. May 31, 1723, m. Jonathan Day.
Mary, b. July 12, 1725, m. Apr. 30, 1747, William Fisher, Douglas.
(9) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 10, 1729-30, m. May 23, 1751, Prudence Draper.
Rebecca, b. Nov. 29, 1748, m. July 10, 1770, John Whiting, Jr.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 35
6. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. Jan. 3, 1692-3, m.
Feb. 2, 1722, Elizabeth, dau. Zachariah and Abiel (Ellis) Barber,
b. 1700. He lived on the homestead on Main street, corner
Haven street. Sanitary conditions have greatly improved in
farm life; there are those who remember, before the day of
screened doors and windows how house flies swarmed In the
homes. On the first cold morning in the fall before the fire was
kindled, the housekeeper often swept down a pint of flies which
had gathered on the ceiling at the top of the room. In cases of
consumption and fevers flies spread contagion through the neigh-
borhood. Children :
Sarah, b. Nov. 20, 1722.
(10) Jonathan, b. May 30, 1724.
Thomas, b. Jan. 5, 1725, m. Oct. 8, 1750, Deborah Dunton, res.
(11) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 7, 1727-8.
Elizabeth, b. May 19, 1730.
Timothy, b. July 14, 1732.
Mary, b. Oct. 28, 1735.
7. Nathaniel^ (Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. 1701, m. Feb. 6,
1726-7, Tabitha, dau. Samuel and Deborah Morse of Sherborn,
b. Feb. 2, 1 701 -2, d. Apr. 12, 1764, m. 2ndly, Nov. 29 1764, Si-
lence, dau. Stephen and Silence (Partridge) Kingsbury of
Wrentham. While there is no record of his birth, he is known
to have been a son of Jonathan Battelle through the following
transfer of real estate: Jonathan Battelle sold Nov. 14, 1725-6,
to his son Nanthaniel "twenty-four acres of land with the build-
ings thereon on Clay brook road (Thomas Battelle place).
After a time Mr. Battelle sold his farm in the Springfield Parish
to his son and moved to South Natick, having purchased the
farm now known as the Wiggin place. He died in Natjck in
Tabitha. b. June 25. 1731, m. Oct. 31, 1754, John Jones, Esq.
Silence, b. Nov. 15. 1734, m. Jan. 28, 1758, John Perry, Sherborn.
Martha, b. Jan. 6, 1736-7, m. James Mellen, Framingham.
(12) Nathaniel, b. Aug. 24, 1740.
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8. John^ (John^, John2, Thomas^), b. Apr. 30, 1718, m. Apr.
26, 1739, Mehitable, dau. of William Sherman of Connecticut, d.
Feb. 5, 1807. He inherited his father's farm on Main street.
Mrs. Battelle's brother, Roger Sherman, was a signer of the
Declaration of Independence. When the First Parish was or-
ganized, Mr. Battelle made a determined effort to have the
Meeting-house built near what later became the site of the Bap-
tist chapel, but failing in this, he was loyal to the church, and
when Mr. Caryl was ordained in 1762 entertained the Council at
his own expense. Children :
(13) John, b. Oct. II, 1741.
Mehitable, b. Dec. 25, 1743, m. 1762, Moses Richards.
Olive, b. June, 5, 1746.
William, b. Aug. 15, 1748, settled in Torrington, Conn.
Unity, b. June 6, 1751, d. Sept. 20, 1754.
(14) Josiah, b. July 15, 1756.
Olive, b. Jan. 19, 1760.
9. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, John-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 10, 1729-
30, m. May 23, 1751, Prudence, dau. Ebenezer and Dorothy
(Child) Draper, b, Apr. 13, 1734. She m. July 3, 1777, Joshua
Whiting, m. 3rdly Sept. i, 1784, Maj. Jonathan Day. He d. Nov.
6, 1776. Mr. Battelle took an active part in the affairs which
led up to the Revolution. He was one of the Committee of
three to erect the Pillar of Liberty on the Dedham church green,
and was associated with Dr. Ames and the Rev. Mr. Haven in
procuring the wooden bust of William Pitt, which surmounted
the "Pillar of Liberty." He sold his farm on Strawberry hill in
1772, but it is believed that he had previously moved to Westfield
street in the Dedham First Parish. Ebenezer, Jr., graduated
from Harvard and for some years was a bookseller in Boston,
being the founder of the present firm of Little. Brown & Com-
pany, the oldest publishing house in the United States. He went
with the pioneer emigrants to Marietta and later settled at
Newport, Ohio. Children :
Prudence, b. July 25, 1752, d. Aug. 10, 1752.
Ebenezer, b. Feb. 4, 1754, m. Nancy Durant.
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Prudence, b. Feb. 27, 1756, m. Feb. 27, 1776, Lieut. Timothy Stowe.
Abigail, b. May 6, 1758, d. Jan. 29, 1773.
Sarah, b. July 26, 1760, m. Nov. 14, 1781, Reuben Newell, Needham.
Joseph, b. Apr. 23, 1763, d. young.
Lucy, b. Dec. 10, 1764, m. Eleazer Everett, Francestown, N. H.
Anna, b. Jan. 12, 1768, m. May 18, 1786, Jonathan Fisher, Needham.
Dolly, b. Feb. 24, 1770, m. Rev. Jonathan Fisher, Blue Hill, Maine.
Hannah, b. May 24, 1772, m. Joel Smith.
Abigail, b. Aug. 11, 1774, m. Solomon Harw^ood.
10. Jonathan* (Jonathan^ Jonathan^ Thomas^), b. May 30.
1724, m. Jan. 2, 1754, Love, dau. Mark and Tabitha (Mellen)
Whitney of Framingham. He d. 175 — ; she m. 2ndly, June 11,
1767, Barachias Mason of Medfield and was the grandmother of
Prof. I-owell Mason, in his day the foremost musician in Amer-
ica. Barachias Mason was a Harvard graduate, a land surveyor,
school master, singing school teacher and innholder.
Mr. Battelle lived on his father's farm on Main street. The
children in our public schools may be surprised to learn thai
slaves had a suffrage existence in the colony of Massachusetts
Bay for many years previous to the Revolution. George Sheldon
in an article on Negro Slavery in Old Deerfield says: "There
can be no dispute that for more than a hundred years before
the foot of a slave was allowed to pollute the soil of Georgia,
men, women and children were bought and sold and held and
worked by the leading dignitaries of the Puritan Colony, and
on the death of their owners were mentioned in their estates as
Slaves were owned in Dedham and their existence in the
Springfield Parish is brought to our notice in the will of Na-
thaniel Battelle, who bequeathed to his wife, May 4, 1758, one
negro boy about 4 years old, one cow, etc. This shows that slaves
were owned in town after the organization of the Parish. Slav-
ery existed here in its mildest form and slaves became in a meas-
ure like members of the family. Child :
Timothy, b. Sept. 21, 1756, was a storekeeper in Medfield.
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11. EbenezeH (Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 7,
iy2'j-%, m. 1752, Hannah, dau. of Hezekiah and Elizabeth
(Draper) Allen, d. July 2, 1785, m. 2ndly, Mrs. Lois (Adams)
Draper, widow of James Draper, d. Aug. 28, 1818. He died Feb.
18, 1806. He first settled the farm owned by the late Elbridge
L. Mann, but after the death of his brother Jonathan he re-
turned to the homestead on Main street. He was one of three
persons from the Springfield Parish selected by the town of
Dedham in 1773 to see that none of the inhabitants drank India
tea, the town having previously voted that none should be drunk
in the township. He was Captain of the Dover Company of
sixty-six minute men, who marched at the Lexington Alarm and
also served in Col. Mcintosh's Regiment in fortifying Dorches-
ter Heights. He furnished clothes made by Dover housewives
to the Continental Army, for which he was paid 381 pounds and
2 shillings in 1780. Children:
Hannah, b. Dec. 25, 1753, m. Jesse Fisher, Dedham.
(15) Ebenezer, b. Dec. 2, 1755.
(16) Hezekiah, b. Jan. 12, 1758.
(17) Jonathan, b. Nov. 17, 1761.
Abigail, b. Jan. 28. 1764, m. 1782, Barak Smith.
Polly, b. Aug. 5, 1774, m. May 27, 1794, Luther Richards.
Hetty, b. Aug. 8. 1777, m. Apr. 8, 1801, Ira Cleveland. Hopkinton.
12. Nathaniel (Nathaniel^, Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Aug.
24, 1740, m. Mary . He was the first person from the
Springfield Parish to receive a college education, having gradu-
ated at Harvard in 1765. He taught the Dover school in 1778.
He last lived on the David Wight place on Dedham street, and
had descendants who lived in Maiden. Children :
Nathaniel, b. , settled in Beauford, S. C.
Mary, b. , m. Isaac Murry of Lexington.
Thomas, b. , Merchant of Boston.
Jonathan, b. , Merchant of Savannah, Ga.
Richard, b. , Merchant.
John, b. Nov. 22, 1788.
Ebenezer, b. Apr. 15, 1791, Merchant of Savannah, Ga.
Tabitha \ u c ^ o
Sarah S ' ^^^^\ ^^' '^^^-
Harriet, b. , lived in Mendon.
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13. John-"* (John^ John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 11, 1741,
m. Nov. 10, 1762, Hannah, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting)
Richards, b. Nov. i, 1741. Children:
Rufus, b. Apr. 4, 1764.
Phineas, b. Nov. 19, 1767.
Moses, b. May 7, 1770.
Sherman, b. Feb. 6, 1774.
Lucy, b. Apr. 5, 1776, m. David Cleveland.
Rebecca, b. July 9, 1778, m. Chas. Faskett.
John, b. Oct. 14, 1780.
Hannah, b. June 10, 1787, m. Jonathan Woolley.
14. Josiah^ (John^, John^, John^, Thomas^), b. May 15, 1756,
m. Lucy, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting) Richards, d. Oct.
22, 1822, m. 2ndly, Olive Turner of Walpole ; she married 2ndly,
Aug. 23, 1835, Nathaniel Capen. Mr. Battelle d. Oct. 5, 1834.
He was a farmer and lived on the homestead on Main street.
Betsey, b. Jan. 29, 1782, m. Apr. 20, 1817, John Brown.
Lucy, b. Aug. 25, 1885, m. Feb. 1809, Reuben Griggs.
(18) Josiah, b. Oct. 18, 1787.
(19) Sherman, b. Oct. 29, 1791.
(20) Rufus, b. Aug. 19, 1794.
(21) Roger Sherman, b. Oct. 16, 1796.
(22) Elbridge, b. May i, 1813.
15. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Thomas^),
b. Dec. 2, 1755, m. 1783, Hannah Richards. He died Jan. 7,
1810. She m. 2ndly Jan. 30, 181 5, Abner Fitts, Andover, Vt.
He lived on the Jonathan Battelle homestead on Main street.
He sold half of the house and two pieces of land to his son-in-
law, John Harding, in 1811. Children:
Julia, b. May 12, 1784, m. 1810, John Harding.
Hannah, b. Sept. 10, 1787, d. Apr. 23, 1870.
Ebenezer, b. Aug. 21, 1789, res. Fair Grove, Mich.
Luther, b. Aug. 19, 1791. Went West.
Zippa, b. June 2.^, 1793.
Lucy, b. Apr. 9, 1797, d. Sept. 16, 1798.
Emmory. b. Oct. 28, 1799, d- Mar. i. 1804.
Cyrus, b. May 5, 1802, settled in New York State.
Timothy, b. Dec. 6, 1804, settled in Michigan.
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16. Hezekiah^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan-^ Jonathan^, Thomas^),
b. Jan. 12, 1758, m. Oct. 12, 1782, Mary Mansell of Scituate, b.
Dec. 27, 1761, d. 1853. He died Mar. 22, 1819. He served in
the Revolutionary Army as a musician, was a farmer and cord-
wainer. Farms can degenerate as well as individuals. The
Hezekiah Battelle farm, now overgrown, with its crumbling
cellar, was once one of the best and most productive farms in
town. ]\Ir. Battelle was a good farmer, and is said to have cut
more hay to the acre than any other farmer in Dover. Before
the development of the dairy, grass was not cultivated as much
as at present. His farm was on Centre street, but was long
since abandoned. Hezekiah, Jr., graduated from Brown Uni-
versity in 1816, was a lawyer for many years in Fall River.
William, who settled in Great Barrington, represented the town
in the Legislature for two terms. Was a baker, also lived in
Chicago and Brooklyn. Moved to Providence about 1840, where
he continued to live. Children :
Polly, b. Sept. 7, 1785. m. Apr. 25. 1809, Joel Sawin.
Hezekiah, b. May 2, 1790. graduated from Brown in 1816, res. Fall
Rebecca, b. . m. 1817, Wesley P. Balch, Medfield.
William M.. b. , settled in Great Barrington.
17. Jonathan^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan-', Jonathan-. Thomas^),
b. Nov. 17, 1761, m. Mercy, dau. Ralph and Mary (Ellis) Day,
d. Feb. 28, 1841. He died Jan. 8, 1840. Mr. Battelle was a
deacon in the First Parish Church. He owned the farm on
Centre street, near Fisher's Bridge, which was first owned by
Nathaniel Whiting. His son, Leonard Battelle, organized the
first Sunday school in Dover in 1818— he settled in Needham..
Hannah, b. July 6, 1785. m. Apr. 7, 1808, George Cleveland.
(23) Jonathan, b. Nov. 6, 1786.
(24) Ralph, b. Feb. 13, 1790.
Clarissa, b. May 10, 1792, m. Leonard Morse, of Sherborn.
Leonard, b. Sept. 2"], 1795, d. Mar. 24, 1841.
Mercy, b. Feb. 6, 1798. d. Oct. 14, 1800.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 41
Adaline, b. Sept. 14, 1801, m. July 20, 1821, Benj. Converse of
Isaac, b. Oct. 25, 1805, d. Mar. 30, 1808.
Mehitable, b. July 27, 1807, m. Nov. 29, 1832, Elijah Perry, Natick.
18. Josialr' (Josiah'*. John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 18,
1787, m., 1812, Sukey, dau. Converse and Ann (Parks) Bigelow
of Sherborn, m. 2ndly Mrs. Maria (Holbrook) Goulding. He
built the house now owned by Charles S. Damrell on land which
was originally a part of his father's farm. He was a whip maker
by trade. Children :
Elbridge, b. May i, 1813, res. Newburyport.
Mary A., b. July 24, 1815, m. 1835, Frederick Leland, Sherborn.
William B., b. Oct. i, 1818, m. Julia Gay, res. Brooklyn, N. Y.
Susannah, b. July, 14, 1819, m. Apr. 26, 1845, Caleb Lambard, Wellfleet.
Sumner, b. Aug. 3, 1821, d. Oct. 5, 1831.
Sally Ann. b. Oct. i, 1826, m. May 28. 1848, Chas. L. Drown, New-
Josiah Edwin, b. Aug. 6, 1830, res. Sherborn.
George Sumner, b. Mar. 23. 1832, res. Worcester.
Freeman, b. June 14, 1836. res. Holliston.
19. Sherman^ (Josiah^, John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 29,
1791, m., 1815, Hitty, dau. Jesse and Hitty (Allen) Newell, b.
Oct. 7, 1795, d. July 13, 1842; m. 2ndly, 1843, Mrs. Miranda
(Turner) Twitchell of Petersboro, N. H., d. Aug. 14, 1887. He
died Dec. 24, 1870. Mr. Battelle lived on Main street in a house
built by himself. He was one of the founders and a liberal sup-
porter of the Baptist Church. It was through an exchange of
land made with him that the chapel was moved from Charles
River to the site which it formerly occupied on Springdale av-
enue. Children :
(25) Eleazer Allen, b. Dec. 4, 1815.
Ann Jennett, b. Sept. 17. 1817, m. 1845, Rev. Timothy Bailey.
Monroe Lafayette, b. Feb. 23, 1824, res. New York City.
Caroline N,, b. Nov. 18, 1831, m. Oct. 8. 1851, Abner L. Derby.
Roger Sherman, b. July 19, 1849, res. San Francisco, Cali.
20. Rufus^ (Josiah*. John^, John-, Thomas^), b. Aug. 19.
1794, m. May 29, 1823, Lydia, dau. Daniel and Rachel (Allen)
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Mann. b. July 14, 1804, cl. Feb. 11, 1878. He d. Feb. 4, 1878.
Mr. Battelle was a wheelwright and carried on his business for
many years in the shop near his house on Farm street. Children :
Lydia J., b. Feb. 23, 1824, m. 1845. John Adams.
Geo. H., b. Oct. 4, 1825, d. Apr. 25, 1902.
Caroline A., b. Sept. 12, 1827.
Ann Frances, b. Aug. 4, 1830, m. 1851, Martin Derby.
Cyrus Freeman, b. Dec. 15, 1833. .
Maria Josephine, b. Mar. 11, 1837, m. Asa Bean, d. Apr. 23, 1915.
Emma Elizabeth, b. July 8, 1840, m. Jan. 5, 1876, Irving Colburn.
21. Roger^ Sherman Qosiah*, John^, John-, Thomas^), b.
Oct. 16, 1796, m. July I, 1818, Betsey, dan. John and Maria
(Turner) Brown. He d. Nov. 6, 1838. Children:
Andrew Jackson, b. Aug. 8, 1825, res. Stockton, Cali.
Joseph Henry, b. Feb. 8, 1836, res. Providence, R. I.
22. Elbridge-"^ (Josiah*, John^, John-, Thomas'^), b. May i,
1813, m. Elizabeth. Children :
George E. (born in Pawtucket), Mar. 17, 1835.
Everett, b. Feb. 10, 1838.
Eugene, b. Mar. 2, 1841.
Minerva, b. Oct. 10, 1843.
23. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Ebenezer*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^
Thomas^), b. Nov. 6, 1786, m. Apr. 19, 1810, Hannah, dau.
Amos and Hannah (Morse) Wight, b. Sept. 6, 1790, d. Dec. 18,
1877. He died Mar. 21, 1848. Mr. Battelle settled on his
father-in-law's farm — the Wight homestead on Farm street. He
was an enterprising business man and run in connection with
his large farm a beef and pork packing business, a grocery store,
and at one time had a restaurant in Roxbury. His ancient fur-
niture, copper measures and industrial articles make a collection
of unusual interest, which his grandson has preserved. Child :
(26) John, b. July 4, 181 1.
24. Ralph*^ (Jonathan^, Ebenezer*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-,
Thomas^), b. Feb. 13, 1790, m. Sept. 7, 1814, Patty, dau. William
DOVER GENEALOGIES 43
Pitt and Kazia (Mason) Allen, b. Jan. 3, 1796, d. Oct. 28, 1848,
m. 2ndly, Sept. 23, 1849, Rachel A., dau. Daniel and Rachel
(Allen) Mann, b. Aug. 12, 1807, d. June 4, 1888. Mr. Battelle
was a deacon in the First Parish Church, a prominent citizen and
several times elected a member of the board of selectmen. He
lived for many years on Walpole street, where his children were
born. He d. Mar. 8, 1878. Evening religious meetings were
not held in Dover previous to the organization of the Baptist and
Second Congregational Churches. Dr. Sanger called such gath-
erings "night meetings," and discouraged holding them as he
believed they would be found detrimental to the morals of the
young, especially young women.
Deacon Ralph Battelle of Medfield, who communicated this
information, arranged to hold some "night meetings/' but gave
them up after the first meeting at the request of Dr. Sanger.
Ralph A., b. Jan. 30, 1816, m. Apr. 14, 1842, Charlotte E. Hutson, res.
Martha, b. Jan. 5, 1818, d. Mar. 9, 1840.
Willard, b. Jan. 2, 1822, m. Jan. 28. 1846. Lavinia Lovell, re.s. Taunton.
Caroline, b. Sept. 23, 1826, m. Jan. 8, 1853, Daniel W. Phillips, D.D.,
d. Nashville. Tenn., June 17, 1886.
Mary C, b. Nov. 29, 1833. m. Nov. 29, 1855, Samuel D. Keith, m.
2ndly, Dec. 6, 1864, Joseph H. Baker of Medfield, d. Sept. i, 1902.
25. Allen^ Eleazer (Sherman^, Josiah-*, John^, John^,
Thomas^), b. Dec. 4, 181 5, m. Oct. 16, 1855, Marcia J., dau.
Joseph and Olive (Gushing) Baker, b. Nov. 28, 1833, d. Aug. 24,
1858, m. 2ndly Oct. 19, 1870, Emily, dau. Sumner and Nancy
(Carpenter) McKenney. He died Nov. 11, 1896. Mr. Battelle
was a graduate of Worcester Academy and the Newton Theo-
logical School. He was ordained and first settled over the Bap-
tist Church in Hudson and later preached at Marshfield, Rock-
port, West Townsend, Middleboro, South Yarmouth, Dover,
West Sutton, Sandersfield and Belchertown. He was much in-
terested in the cause of temperance and education. At one time
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he was Superintendent of Dover Schools. He acquired his
father's farm on Main street. Children :
Marcia E., b. June 17, 1858, ni. Nov. 1878, Everett Colburn, So. Natick.
George Allen, b. Sept. 1872, d. Aug. 31, 1891.
Judson Sumner, b. Apr. 1875.
26. John^ (Jonathan^"*, Ebenezer-*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^,
Thomas^), b. July 4, 181 1, m. May 29, 1850, Mary D., dau. Jon-
athan P. and Eliza (Harding) Bishop, b. 1822, d. Jan. 23, 1863,
m. 2ndly, Feb. i, 1866, Ruby E., dau. Eleazar and Esther
(Morse) Perry, b. Dec. 28, 1814, d. Dec. 12, 1893. He d. Nov.
II, 1884. Mr. Battelle was a prominent citizen and for several
years a member of the board of selectmen. Mrs. Ruby E. Bat-
telle was a devout member of the Baptist Church, a strong tem-
perance advocate, and a consistent Christian woman. When in
her last illness she was told by her physician that a strong alco-
holic stimulant was all that could save her life, she said : "No,
doctor, I cannot take it. having advocated temperance all my life
I will not now take whiskey to save my life. If I should do this,
what would my word and example be worth among my neigh-
bors and friends?" Mr. Battelle inherited his father's farm on
Farm street. Children:
Caroline B., b. Jan. 13. 1851, d. Mar. 6, 1857.
Hannah E., b. July 14, 1853, d. Mar. 21, 1857.
John Elias, b. Dec. 11, 1855, res. Burbank, Call.
Anna Mann, b. Jan. 3, 1858, m. Frank M. Jennings, res. Bissell,
(27) George, b. Aug. 23, i860.
27. George'^ (John^, Jonathan^, Ebenezer'*, Jonathan^, Jona-
than^, Thomas^), b. Aug. 23, i860, m. Nov. 16, 1881, Anna A.,
dau. Albert and Dolly Ann (Williams) Bartlett, b. July 11, 1861.
He occupies the Battelle homestead on Farm street. Mr. Bat-
telle united with farming for some years a large wholesale grain
business, receiving each month several carloads of grain, direct
DOVER GENEALOGIES 45
from the West, which he sold to the milk-producing farmers of
the vicinity. Child :
Ward, Winfred. b. Mar. 19, 1883.
28. Ward^ Winfred (George^, John^, Jonathan^, Ebenezer*,
Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. Mar. 19, 1883, m. Apr. 12,
191 1, Linda Swain, dau. Walter Herbert and Eliza (Barney)
Burgess. Children :
Rachel Burgess, b. Feb. 25, 1912.
Miriam Burgess, b. Feb. 25, 1912.
Charles^ S. Bean (lames'^ M., James^ O., Thomas*, Curtis-"',
Curtis^, SamueP, John^), was born May 22, 1855, in Brownville,
Me. His mother was Annette Swan of Conway. Mr. Bean m.
May 2^, 1880. Alice L, dau. Arthur F. and Emma (Pottle)
Dodge, b. Nov. 30, i860, d. Apr. 30, lyoi. Mr. Bean is de-
scended from John Bean, the emigrant who settled in Exeter,
N. H., about 1660. Mr. Bean's great great grandfather, Curtis
Bean, settled in Brownville, Me., about 1780, having previously
lived in Poplin, N. H. He was a soldier in the Revolution and
served in Capt. Nathan Sanborn, Co., Col. Tash, Second New
Hampshire Regiment. His father, James Melville Bean, was a
prosperous farmer and an esteemed citizen. His son has been
for many years a resident of Dover, having purchased the
Sawyer place on Strawberry hill. Mr. Bean is a member of the
board of selectmen and greatly interested in the institutions of
the town. He has for many years represented a Boston firm of
flour merchants. Children :
Frank A., b. Mar. 13, 1882. res. Brownville. Maine.
Clarence G.. b. Jan. 31, 1885. d. June 19. 1886.
Gladys IM.. b. May 12. 1889, d. Aug. 5. 1889.
Una H., b. May 7, 1890. m. Mar. 27, 1913, Bertrand Cole Wheeler.
46 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Evelyn S., b. Feb. i. 1893.
Harold M., b. July i, 1894, d. July 4, 1901.
Arthur L., b. Dec. 2, 1895.
I. Calvin^ Bigelow (Converse-^, Josiah*, Thomas-^, Samuel-,
John^) was b. in Sherborn July 30, 1790, m. Nov. 11, 1819, Eliza-
beth, dau. Maj. Jasper and Amy (Rounds) Adams and settled
in Dover. He was descended from John Bigelow, the progenitor
of the American family, who was in Watertown as early as 1642,
in which year he married Mary Warren. Calvin Bigelow was a
blacksmith by trade and early engaged in the manufacture of
plows. He first lived at Bliss' Corner, but later bought the Eben-
ezer Richards farm in the easterly part of the town. Mr. Bige-
low died Jan. 24, 1872, and Mrs. Bigelow died in Millis, Nov. 6,
1887, aged 92 years. He was a Deacon in the Orthodox Church.
Francis Adams, b. July 22, 1820, d. Aug. 5. 1820.
William Adams, b. Aug. 31, 1821. res. Elmira, N. Y.
Elizabeth M., b. Mar. 19, 1823, d. Jan. 13. 1829.
Francis C, b. Nov. 26, 1824, res. Worcester.
Calvin, b. June 17, 1826, m. Dec. 23, 1870. Lucy C. Daniels, E. Med-
way, res. Boston.
Amy Maria, b. Sept. 24, 1828, m. May 15, 1854, Joseph E. Baldwin.
(2) Charles M., b. July 11. 1830, d. Nov. 1892.
Warren, b. Mar. 31, 1834, d. Feb. 20, 1835.
Ellen E., b. Aug. 15, 1836, d. Jan. 13, 1867.
2. Charles" M. (Calvin''', Converse'\ Josiah', Thomas-^ Sam-
uel^, Johni), b. July 11, 1830, m. Oct. 4, i860, Hannah F., dau.
Albert and Laura A. (Fisher) Thwing of East Medway, b. June
23, 1826, d. May 27, 1907. He died in Holliston, Nov. 27, 1892.
Mr. Bigelow was a farmer and for many years carried on the
Dedham street estate. Children :
Frank W., b. Sept. i, 1861, d. Jan. 10. 1862.
Anna L., b. Oct. 9, 1862, m. Charles S. Pierce, res. Brockton.
Albert T., b. Oct. 12, 1865. d. 1906.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 47
I. Abraham" Bigelovvj- (Isaac'^ 2nd, William''', Josiali'*,
Thomas^, Samuel^, John^), son of Isaac and Frances (Jackson)
Bigelow, was born in Natick, May 19, 1810, m. Mar. 6, 1831,
Mary Brown, dau. Ebenezer and Mary (Brown) Whitney, born
in Dorchester, Mar. 18, 1813, d. Dover, Dec. 9, 1881. He d.
Aug. 4, 1888. Mr. Bigelow was a farmer and fruit grower. He
lived in Natick, Sherborn and Dover. Children:
George Henry, b. Natick, Oct. 15, 1832, m. May 25, 1867, Georg-
iana A. Ellis, lived in Medfield and Dover, d. in Dover, 1894,
she d. in Natick, 1904, without issue.
(2) Edward Barton, b. Natick, Dec. 10, 1833.
Sarah Griffin, b. Natick, Nov. 6, 1835, m. Dec. 23. 1853, John Worth-
ington Shumway, Dover, lived in Dover, Providence, Medfield. He
d. in Medfield, Ang. 13, 1889; she is living in Medfield, without
Mary Frances, b. Natick, Jan. 15. 1838, m. Apr. 16, 1857, Francis E..
son of Maj. Eliphalet F. and Mary F. (Sisson) Mason, Dedham,
lived in Medfield and Framingham. He was engaged in the manu-
facture of straw goods, d. Watertown, Aug. 27, 1909. She d. Med-
field, Nov. 20, 1908. Child: Charles Frank Mason, b. Medfield, Apr.
13, i860, grad. Harvard College, 1882, m. Sept. 22, 1886, Helen R.
Baker, dau. Lieut. (U. S. N.) Henry R. and Sarah S. Baker,
of Revere, lives in Watertown, Bursar Harvard University for
many years. Children, all born in Watertown: Hugh, b. 1890,
grad. Harvard, 1912. Helen E., b. 1894, grad. Wellesley College,
1916. Carol Y., b. 1902.
.A.braham, Jr., b. Natick, Aug. 17, 1839, m. in Dover, July 10, 1867,
Lydia A., dau. Eben and Lydia (Tucker) Higgins, b. Gloucester.
She d. Natick, May 24, 1876, and he m. 2ndly, Mrs. Lucinda L.
Ingram and lived many years in Wellesley, where he d. Aug. 3,
1914. Served 3 years in the Civil War, serg't 13th Reg't Mass.
Vols., his unassuming courage and fine soldierly qualities winning
the highest praise of his comrades. His only child, Susie Anna,
b. Natick, Apr. 10, 1872. m. June 6, 1894, in Newtonville, James B.
Newell, and has children Willard B. and Philip S.
Martha Allen, b. Sherborn. Mar. 7. 1841. d. Oct. 12, 1841.
tMr. Bigelow's father, Isaac Bigelow, was born in Weston, being the son of
William Bigelow, who moved about 1778 to Natick (now South Natick), and
acquired the water privilege there. William became known there as Deacon Wii-
liam, to distinguish him from his son, William, who was of Harvard, 1794, and a
well-known writer and schoolmaster (Master of the Boston Latin School for some
years). Deacon William and his wife, Hepsibah (Russell) were the originals of Dea-
con Badger and Grandma Badger In Mrs. Stowe's Oldtown Folks. Mrs. Stowe's
husband. Prof. Calvin E. Stowe, was a grandson of Deacon William Bigelow. Isaac
Bigelow also figures in Oldtown Folks under the name of Uncle Jacob. Isaac and
his brother. Col. Abraham, continued to operate and develop the water privilege at
South Natick, digging the canal there in 1828 or 1829. Isaac built the colonial
house, now so black and dilapidated, between the river and Glen street, just above
the dam, and there Abraham Bigelow, 2nd, was born.
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Chester Adams, b. Sherborn, Aug. 3, 1844, m. Nov. i, 1868, in Dover.
Emma Eliza, dau. Albion K. and Eliza M. (Brown) Howe. res.
Wellesley, where he d. without issue, Mar. 3, 1915. Volunteered
and served 3 years Co. H., 13th reg't, in the Civil War.
2. Edward^ Barton (Abraham'^, Isaac*^, William-^, Josiah'*,
Thomas^, SamueP, John^), b. Natick. Dec. 10, 1833, ^- Frances
M,, dau. Rufus and Malinda (Stanley) Whiting of Dover, m.
2ndly Ellen R. Gould of Natick, lived in Medfield, Westboro,
Providence, Dover, Natick, d. in Natick, 1908, Child :
Edward Gould, b. Dover, Oct. 4, 1886.
Warreni (Oliver^), b. Mar. 7, 1833, in Milton, m. Mar. 9,
1863, Emeline, dau. Henry and Emeline (Edwards) Goulding,
b. Oct. 20, 1840, d. Feb. 21, 1897. He died Nov. 25, 1902. Both
of his parents — Oliver Blackman and Olive Warren — were na-
tives of Maine. He was one of a family of fourteen boys and
girls. Mr. Blackman lived on Farm street, having built the
house occupied by the late Charles Williams. Children :
Caroline, b. Apr. 17, 1864, m. Dec. 8, 1885, John McClure.
Alice E., b. Dec. 10, 1880, m. Jan. 12, 1903, John Nelson Barnes; Child,
James Nelson Barnes, m. 2ndly, May 14, 1914, Walter Campbell,
I. Sethi Blake, b. 1777, m. June 15, 1803, Sarah, dau. Lieut.
Lemuel and Rebecca (Chickering) Richards, b. 1784, d. 1836,
m. 2ndly, 1837, Mary Ann Brooks of Medfield. He d. in 1866.
(2) Ebenezer. b. July 9, 1805.
Seth, b. Sept. 18. 1807, d. 1821.
Lucy, b. 1813, d. 1816.
William, b. , lived in Boston.
Lucy, b. 1819, d. 1821.
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(3) Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1818.
Sarah, b. June 22, 1822, m. 1840, Joseph L. Rogers of Natick.
Seth, b. Dec. i, 1824, res. Franklin.
James, b. May 18, 1827, d. 1865.
Walter H. B., b. July 27, 1838, res. Jamaica Plain.
Mary A. B., b. June 30, 1839, d. Dec. 18, 1842.
John M., b. July 7, 1842, d. 1850.
Anna, b. July 29, 1844, m. Alfred G. Whitton, Needham.
Frank D., b. Nov. 10, 1847, m. Jennie Brigham, of Needham.
2. Ebenezer^ (Sethi), i^ j^jy g^ 1805, m. Mar. 2, 1829, Rox-
ana Whitney of Dedham. He lived in Sherborn, Newton Lower
Falls and Brookline. Went to California in "49" and has not
been traced beyond that time. Children :
Rebecca R.. b. Feb. 13, 1831.
Joseph, b. Nov. 7, 1832.
3. Edward^ (Sethi), ^ ^eh. 20, 1818, m. Apr. 25, 1841, Han-
nah S., dau. James and Betsey (Shedd) Bowers. He lived on
Willow street in the house now occupied by Mrs. Davidson,
was a harness maker by trade and for many years did a large
business in Natick. Children :
George E., b. May 19, 1842.
John B., b. Jan. 18, 1844.
Hannah C, b. May 21. 1853.
John B., b. Oct. 13, 1855.
Elmira E., b. July 19, 1858.
Bessie E., b. Nov. 8, 1864.
I. IJnus^ Bliss (Alpheus^, Elijah^, John«, John^, John*, John^,
Thomas^, Thomas^), son of Alpheus and Sally (Hull) Bliss,
was born in Suifield, Conn., Jan. 7, 1822. He was descended in
the ninth generation from Thomas Bliss of Belstone Parish,
Devonshire, England, who was persecuted by the civil and reli-
gious authorities for being a Puritan. His son Thomas left
England on account of religious persecutions. In the autumn of
1635 h^ embarked with his family for America. Upon his ar-
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rival at Boston he located for a time at Braintree, from which
place he afterwards removed to Hartford, Conn., in which State
many of his descendants have lived. Linus Bliss was a nailer
and came to Dover to follow his trade. He m. May 5, 1844,
Martha, dau. of Alexander and Hannah (Draper) Soule, b. Apr.
2, 1826, d. November, 1903. She m. 2ndly July 19, 1877, Moses
W. Blanchard of Old Orchard, Maine. He d. Oct. 17, 1872.
After his marriage he lived for a time in Needham and then
moved to Taunton. In 1848 he returned to Dover.
Mr. Bliss was a man of great activity and much interested
in public affairs. He was a good business man and acquired con-
siderable real estate in Dover. He originally settled on the farm
of the late Robert S. Minot on Farm street, and commenced
there the manufacture of cigars in connection with his farm.
He soon moved to what was latter called "Bliss' Corner," at
the junction of Springvale avenue, Farm and Main streets. He
moved his cigar factory to this spot and improved the other
buildings, which once occupied the area now forming Springdale
park, consisting of a cigar factory, two dwelling houses, store
and two stables, all of which were burned during a series of
years. Just previous to his death Mr. Bliss was preparing to
again move his business, this time to the centre of the town,
where he had taken steps to develop a large tract of land, hav-
ing made various purchases for this purpose. It was his design
to build a large cigar factory and tenements to accommodate
those in his employ. These plans were frustrated by his untimely
death. A century ago cigars were cheap and sold for $2 a thou-
sand, while the same number of cheroots sold for half that price.
(2) Alpheus A., b. Feb. 7, 1845.
Charles L., b. Feb. 12, 1847, res. Marlboro.
Martha L., b. Nov. 22. 1849, m. June, 1871, James Howard.
(3) George E., b. Jan. 7, 1851.
Benjamin B., b. Apr. 3, 1853, m. Lucy Buzzel, d. in Marlboro.
Hannah J., b. May 15, 1855, m. Aug. 1870, Byron Home.
Mary E., b. Apr. 3, 1858, m. July 10, 1875, Leon Hartwell.
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2. Alpheus^o A. (Linus^, Alpheus^, Elijah'^, John^, John^,
John^, John^, Thomas^, Thomas^), b. Feb. 7, 1845, m. Feb. 18,
1871, Bertha, dau. Peter and Anna (Elliott) Hamell, Pictou,
N. S., b. Mar. 25, 1845. She m. 2ndly Jan. 30, 1879, Jonathan
WTiiting. Mr. Bliss died Jan. 17, 1877. He was an en-
gineer, also a cigar maker in his father's factory and after it was
burned continued to work in his brother's shop. He lived in a
house which stood on the area now included in Springdale park.
Charles E., b. Jan. 7, 1872, res. Marlboro.
Arthur, b. Dec. 21, 1873.
3. George^o (Linus^, Alpheus^, Elijah^, John^, John^, John',
John^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 7, 1851, m. Apr. 15, 1871,
Elizabeth T., dau. George W. and Charlotte O. (Lamphier)
Shaw, b. June 2, 1852. He died Jan. 10, 1897. After his
father's death Mr. Bliss continued the manufacture of cigars in
DoA'er for some years, but finally gave up the business and
moved to Natick. His Dover house stood on land now included
in Springdale park. He was elected in 1896 to the Natick board
of selectmen, having received the largest vote ever cast for a
candidate for that office in the town. On the organization of
the board he was made the chairman and died in office in 1897.
Linus, b. Sept. 28, 1872. in Binghamton, N. Y.
Hattie S., b. Aug. 17, 1874.
Richard^ Henry Bond (John Snow^, Jeremiah'^, Richard*',
Richard-'', Benjamin^, John^, Nathaniel^, William^), b. in
Worcester Apr. 12, 1867, m. Feb. 28, 1894, Lillian M. E., dau.
Ephraim and Mary B. (Soule) Wilson, b. Jan. 18, 1872. Mr.
Bond is descended in the ninth generation from William Bond
of Watertown, from whom are descended most of the family
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of this name in New England. William Bond was a son of
Thomas and Elizabeth Bond of Bury St., Edmunds, Suffolk
County, England, where he was baptized in the Churcii of St.
James, Sept. 8, 1625. He was a grandson of Jonas Bond of
Bury St. Edmunds, who died there in 1601. William Bond
probably came to New England in 1630 in the fleet with Win-
throp, accompanying his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Ephraim
Child. Mr. Bond was often a representative in the Colonial days
and was prominent in the councils of safety during the insurrec-
tion against Andros. He was the first speaker of the House
under the new charter. He was a man of great energy and force.
Richard Henry Bond is a graduate of the Massachusetts Agri-
cultural College and a prominent citizen. He has been chairman
for many years of the Dover school committee. Children :
Esther Flora, b. Jan. 19, 1895, a senior in Boston University.
Herbert Richard, b. Jan. 18, 1898, student in Amherst College.
Edwin Ephraim, b. Mar. 3, 1904.
Richard Henry, b. Dec. 11, 1907.
Ruth Lillian, b. July 9, 191 1.
James- Bowers (James^), b. Oct. 26, 1780, m. Betsey, dau.
Willard and (Larkins) Shedd, b. Nov. 15, 1785, d. Oct. 4,
1875. He d. Jan. 16, 1857. Mr. Bowers was born in Pepperell
and settled in Dover about 1829. He was a farmer and owned
the Ralph Day place at the foot of Strawberry hill street. He
added to farming the trade of the cooper and at one time did
quite an extensive business. It is an interesting fact that Dover
farmers actually sold corn at the com market located near Fan-
euil Hall, with tons of hay at the hay market and thousands of
cords of wood at the wood stand in the vicinity which was the
center of trade a century ago. The coopers made staves and the
farmers hoops for the West India trade. After the establish-
ment of trade with these Islands their products w^ere called West
DOVER GENEALOGIES 53
India goods, a name used during the last century for what we
call groceries today. Children:
James B., b. Mar. 19, 1803, d. Dec. 7, 1842.
Sherman, b. Apr. 2, 1806, m. Almira Pettingell, res. Needham.
John, b. Apr. 26, 1808, d. in Oregon about 1873.
Eliza, b. June 30, 1813, m. Roswell Parish.
Walter, b. Mar. 2, 1820. m. Mary N. Colton, res. Needham.
Uriah Brett, b. 1795, m. Oct. 5, 1820, Polly, dau. WilUam Pitt
and Keziah (Mason) Allen, b. Mar. 14, 1802. He was a carpen-
ter by trade and lived in Dover for a time. He possessed some
musical talent and was a teacher of singing schools in this and
surrounding towns. He moved to Medfield, where he died, 1836.
Mrs. Brett m. 2ndly. Dea. Capen, Canton. Child :
William A., b. Aug. i, 1821, settled in Pawtucket.
I. John! Brown, b. Dec. 15, 1758, m. 1783 Maria Turner of
Dedham, b. Dec. 25, 1758, d. May 6, 1815; m. 2ndly April 20.
1817, Betsey, dau. Josiah and Lucy (Richards) Battelle, b. Jan.
29. 1782, d. June, 1850. He died October 16, 1839. Mr. Brown
was brought up in the family of Seth Mason, by whom he was
adopted when a small boy. He is said to have been born of
French parents by the name of Riviere, both of whom died on
the voyage to America. The captain of the vessel gave his own
name to the boy and placed him in the care of Mrs. Seth Mason,
who supplied him with eggs, vegetables and provisions. As the
captain never returned to claim the boy it was supposed that his
ship was lost. Mrs. Mason illustrated a custom which prevailed
for many years of women going to market. They went to Bos-
ton on horseback with eggs, butter, cheese and other produce,
which were placed in large bags and slung over the horse's back.
54 DOVER GENEALOGIES
They not only had regular customers, but sold much produce to
ship captains who were stocking up for voyages. John Brown
was the life of the neighborhood and never tired of cracking his
practical jokes. He was a very bright and active man. In his
home the neighbors met and entered most heartily into the social
life of the times; they gathered around the blazing fire, for there
were no stoves in those days, and told stories without restraint
and joked until the oak timbers re-echoed their laughter. The
choicest apples were brought from the cellar and passed, with
the cider mug, for every family was given to hospitality. When
the tall clock in the corner announced the hour of nine o'clock
the guests departed for their own homes, blessed in the joy of
human fellowship, which is not dependent upon what is called
society for its real fulfilment.
John Brown was a good business man, and for his time, ac-
quired what was considered a good property, but later in life
lost it in business ventures. He built the house on the Dorr farm
and in deviating from the common custom of building showed
good judgment. While some of the older wooden houses were
simple and charming, we have gone on for the most part build-
ing as in the days when our fathers lived in primitive civiliza-
tion, cutting the wood which covered their fields, and so build-
ing their dwellings of hewn logs, sawed timber and split shingles.
Mr. Brown went so far as to build the ends of his house of brick,
an example which has been seldom followed. The cost of build-
ing between brick and wood is entirely in the increased expense
of the exterior walls, but this is soon made up in the saving in
paint, insurance and other expenses. Examples of this kind are
worthy of emulation, as brick is well adapted to country resi-
dences and can be made in Dover. Children :
John, b. Jan. 26, 1785. m. 1814, Cynthia Fuller, Brighton.
Sarah, b. Oct. 21, 1787, m. Joseph Smith, Concord.
Michael, b. June 12, 1791.
(2) Mason, b. Nov. 30. 1794.
Betsej', b. Apr. 4, 1797, m. 1818. Roger S. Battle.
Rebecca, b. July 27, 1798, m. Joshua Ayres.
Lucy Richards, b. Apr. 8, 1818, m. 1839, Alonzo Howe.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 55
2. Mason2 (Johni), b. Mar. 30, 1794, m. May 28, 1818, Kezia,
dau. Samuel and Olive (Rice) Perry, b. 1798, d. Nov. 12, 1838,
m. 2ndly, 1840, Sarah, dau. Jesse and Mehitable (Allen) Newell,
b. Jan. 9, 1 810, d. Apr. 7, 1843. He d. Aug. 25, 1859. Mason
Brown is remembered as one who always entered into the spirit
of the times. The general muster day and artillery election were
of permanent interest to boys as they got a holiday which was
employed in hunting, fishing or attending the military exercises.
The occasion furnished the opportunity of getting a dinner
away from home ; bakers' wagons furnished an abundance of
sweet food, which was greatly enjoyed by the boys. Mr. Brown
was a good farmer and added greatly to the productiveness of
his farm by the careful selection of seeds and by varying his
crops. The choicest ears of corn were saved for planting, the
best onion sets were put aside, the seeds of the largest and fin-
est melons and squashes, the best potatoes and seeds of the
earliest garden vegetables were always saved for planting, all of
which added greatly to the annual yield. Successful farming
was based upon an experience equal to the best professional
training of today. Children :
Eliza M., b. Feb. 12, 1827.
(3) John M., b. Oct. 9, 1828.
Helen L., d. Mar. 29, 1843.
3. JohnS M. (Mason2, Johni), ^ Qct. 9, 1828, m. 1849, Ade-
line C., dau. Leonard and Pamelia (Cutter) Gay, b. Oct. 7,
1831. He d. Sept 12, 1862. Children:
Linda W., b. Aug. 24, 1850, m. Dec. 31, 1872, George D. Newell.
Ada F., b. May 10, 1855. res. Huntington, Long Island.
Emma E., b. 1862, m. Feb. 2, 1879, Quincy Sylvester, res. Providence.
I. JohnS Bullard (Joseph^, John^), b. 1670, m. 1701, Abigail,
dau. Joseph and Experience (Wheelock) Warren, b. 1774. He
seems to have had that part of the estate which lies in Dover
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and to have settled on the Bradbury farm on County street. In
1739 he sold his farm to his son, Josiah, and probably moved
away. The Bullards were represented in the first Dedham set-
tlement, and were numerous among the early residents of the
Springfield Parish. John, Jonathan and Nathaniel were assessed
a poll tax here in 1732.
They were descended from John Bullard, who was one of the
original signers of the Dedham Compact. He was in Water-
town in 1636 and took the freeman's oath in Dedham in 1640,
and later joined the Medfield enterprise, settling in that town in
165 1 or 52. His son Joseph, whose house was burned by the
Indians in King Philip's War, purchased in 1695 a tract of land
near the point where the towns of Medfield, Dover and Wal-
pole come together, and settled there. Children :
Mary, b. Apr. 3, 1702, m. Nov. 18. 1728. Daniel Harris. Plainfield.
(2) Jonathan, b. June 13, 1703.
Abigail, b. Feb. 25, 1704-5, m. Mr. Spaulding.
Experience, b. Feb. 28, 1707-8, m. Ephraim Wheelock, Medfield.
Elizabeth, b. 1710, m. Oct. 7, 1735, Ebenezer Newell. Needham.
Josiah, b. June 9, 1711.
Benjamin, b. Mar. 24, 1713.
Nathaniel^ (Joseph^, John^), b. 1677, m. Mary. He succeeded
to the homestead on County street which his widow sold in 1753.
May. b. Aug. 6, 1716.
Martha, b. Mar. 9, 1719.
Nathaniel, b. May 22, 1722.
Hannah, b. June 5, 1729, m. Wm. Barnes. Sherborn.
2. Jonathan'* (John^, Joseph-, Johni), b. June 13, 1703, m.
Mar. 29, 1748, Anna Perkins. He was a petitioner for the or-
ganization of the First Parish in 1748. He sold his farm in 1762
and moved from town. His house was located north of the
homestead on County street. The buildings were probably old,
as the farm seems to have been abandoned after a sale in 1762.
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This farm may have been the original BuUard settlement in
Dover. Children :
Josiah, b. Jan. 14, 1748-9.
Asa, b. Nov. 28, 1751.
Anna, b. June 9, 1757.
1. Amaziah'"^ Bullen (Elisha'*, Elisha^, Elisha^, Samuel^), b.
1754, m. 1776, Rachel, dau. John and Mary (Barders) Lawrence
of Wrentham, b. Sept. 22. 1756. He d. 1828. Elisha Bullen of
Medfield purchased for his son Amaziah the Moses Mason place
on Farm street novir owned by Charles F. Lyman. Amaziah
Bullen sold the farm in 1797 and moved to Needham. He was
descended from Samuel Bullen, who was in Watertown in 1638
and one of the signers of the Dedham Compact. He was ad-
mitted a freeman in 1641. He settled in Medfield prior to 165 1
and his tombstone declares that he was the first European with
a family to settle in that town. Children :
Joseph, b. 1777.
Mary, b. 1779.
Lydia. b. 1782.
Thaddeus, b. Mar. i, 1785.
Elisha, b. Mar. 7, 1786.
Rachel, b. Oct. 18, 1787.
Ichabod, b. Jan. i, 1790.
Amaziah, b. Sept. i, 1792,
Caroline, b. Sept. 9, 1794.
2. Bela^ (Ichabod^ EHsha^, Elisha-, Samuel^), b. 1762, m.
1783. Elizabeth, dau. Moses and Elizabeth (Smith) Hartshorn.
He lived in Medfield previous to 1791, in which year he went
into business in Dover with Reuben Newell ; he had an interest
in the tavern property and is recorded as a merchant; in 1796
he removed to Roxbury. Children :
Sarah, b. 1785, m. Ruggles Whiting.
Elizabeth, b. 1787, m. in 1809, Alexander Peters.
Samuel, b. 1789.
Prudence, b. 1792.
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I. Thomas" (John'^, William^, John^, Thomas-'^, Richard-,
Robert^), son of John and Sarah (Smith) Burrage, was b. in
Newton, 1731, m. Jan. 6, 1768, Abigail, dau. John and Dorcas
(Adams) Fisher, b. 1737, d. Nov. i, 1805. He d. in 1799. having
dropped dead while working on the highway. The spot is
marked by the stone slab on top of the hill west of Fisher's
brook on Farm street. Mr. Burrage settled in 1765 on that part
of Fred B. Rice's estate on Farm street which originally went
with the "cottage." He was a weaver by trade. The Burrage
family is descended from Robert of Seething, Norfolk, England,
who died there in 1559. His great grandson, John Burrage,
came to America. He first appears in Charlestown in 1637.
With Francis Hudson he became an owner of the ferry between
Boston and Charlestown, which they operated for many years.
The Dover family is descended from the branch which settled
in Newton. Children:
(2) John, b. Aug. 23, 1769.
(3) Obed, b. July 25, 1772.
Abigail, b. Jan. 19, 1775, m. May 14, 1796, Jabez Baker.
Keziah, b. 1778, m. Aug. 22, 1798, Edward Simmons. Watertown.
Anna, b. 1780, m. Nov. 26, 1801, Lewis Smith.
2. John^, (Thomas''', John*^, William^, John^, Thomas-^, Rich-
ard^, Robert^), b. Aug. 23, 1769, m. July 12, 1792, Abigail, dau.
Jacob and Lydia Pratt of Sherborn, d. Apr. 23, 185 1. Mr. Bur-
rage was a captain in the militia and a member of the board of
selectmen. He was a carpenter by trade and lived on the Josiah
Hammond place on Center street. In the quiet life of a rural
community, an occasion of great interest was a "raising." which
occurred as often as a neiv house, barn or meeting-house was
built. There was in those days no putting up of the frame, stick
by stick, and nailing each in place as now. Extensive prep-
arations were made for building; great trees were felled and
squared for sill and post, plate and ridgepole, even the rafters
were hewn, and all timbers were of a size in excess of the
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strength required for the structure. At the raising the timbers
were put together in sections, as all connections were made with
mortise and tenons and secured by wooden pins. At the ap-
pointed time the men formed in line along the heavy frameworic,
and at the command of the ''boss carpenter" the massive frame
rose until the posts dropped into the mortises, long boards called
"stay laths" were quickly nailed to hold the sections in place.
The second section was then raised and so on, until every stick
found its appropriate place. At the raising of the second meet-
ing-house in Dover in 1810 Mr. Burrage fell from the building
and sustained injuries from which he never fully recovered. In
the olden time farmers worked unceasingly during the "busy
season" and paid but little attention to their neighbors or what
was going on in town. One ^Jonflay morning John Burrage
started out with his fish pole in hand to go fishing. As he did
not return on Tuesday an alarm, was given, the meeting-house
bell was rung, and the people turned out in force to search the
woods and drag the river for his body. The neighbors condoled
with Mrs. Burrage and pitied her "poor little fatherless chil-
dren." When Saturday night came round, Mr. Burrage re-
turned home, having found work at haying during the week on
the farm of Draper Smith in the west part of the town. Chil-
Sylvia, b. Jan,. 9, 1794, m. Nov. 11, 1824, Richard Kenrick.
Roxanna, b. Apr. 8, 1796, m. Apr. 28, 1822, Ebenezer Ricker,
John Lowell, b. Feb. 13, 1798, d. Sept. 29, 1802.
Ann, b. Dec. 21, 1800, m. July 20. 1823, Jabez Baker. Jr.
Caroline, b. May 6, 1804, m. May 7, 1827, Calvin Barden.
(4) John, b. July 12, 1806. d. Nov. 1894.
3. Obed^ (Thomas'^, John^, William^, John'^, Thomas^, Rich-
ard% Robert^), b. July 25, 1772, m. June 13, 1799, JuHa, dau.
Jonathan and Mary (Leland) Leland of Sherborn. Moved to
Tem.pleton about 18 10 and died in Shrewsbury. Children :
Julia L., b. Feb. 3, 1802, m. Apr. 2, 1829, Jonathan Nichols. Shrews-
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Betsey, b. , m. Nov. 27, 1833, Jason Lamb, Templeton.
Lowell T., b. Oct. 2, 1804, m. Dec. 24, 1829, Adeline Davis, Tem-
4. John-' (John^, Thomas^, John®, William^, John'*, Thomas^.
Richard^, Robert^), b. July 12, 1806, m. Nov. 1829, Nancy Poor,
dau. David and Rebecca (Richards) Dana, d. January 1879.
Mr. Burrage was a carriage maker and followed his trade for
fifty years. After leaving Dover he lived in Quincy, Braintree,
Groton and South Boston. He was an original anti-slavery man
and voted the "Free Soil" ticket, when there was only one other
man in the town in which he lived that voted with him. Children :
Caroline Ann, b. Aug. 12, 1831.
John Dana. b. Sept. 19, 1833, d. Aug. 16, 1834.
Hamilton, b. June 6. 1835, m. Mary H. Davis, res. Lowell.
John Francis, b. Jan. 11, 1838.
Ellen Roxanna. b. Jan. i, 1840.
George William, b. Apr. 19, 1842, d. Aug. 13, 1844.
(5) George Dana, b. Oct. 12. 1845.
5. George^^ Dana (John^, John®, Thomas'^, John^, William^,
John*, Thomas^, Richard^, Roberti), b. Oct. 12, 1845, m. Oct. 12,
1870, Mary Hall, dau. Elijah F. and Elizabeth (Bail) Palmer.
She d. Mar. 6, 1875, m. 2ndly, May 29th, 1878, Clara G., dau.
Charles Henry and J. Elizabeth (Stannis) Johnson. Mr. Bur-
rage returned to the home of his ancestors in 1894, having in-
herited the Jabez Baker farm on Dedham street, but subse-
quently moved to Newtonville. Children :
Bessie Palmer, b. Oct. 6, 1871.
Archie Hamilton, b. Mar. 16, 1873.
Mary Hall, b. Feb. 20, 1875.
Paul Johnson, b. June 3, 1884.
John Dana, b. Apr. 23, 1888.
Rufus^ Campbell (John^) was born in Belgrade, Maine, Oct.
30, 1817, m. Dec. 4, 1844, Lucretia, dau. James and Clarissa
(Wight) Mann, b. Feb. 15, 1819. Mr. Campbell was of Scotch
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descent, his great grandfather having emigrated to America.
Mr. Campbell was for many years a respected citizen of Dover
and built the house on Main street owned by the late Asa Bean.
After many years' residence here he moved to South Natick,
Clara A., b. Sept. 28, 1845. m. A. R. Cook, South Natick.
Stukely Carpenter of Dedham, m. Jan. i, 1826, Mary B., dau.
Amaziah and Rachel (Lawrence) Bullen. He lived for a time
in Dover, where several of his children were born. Children :
Lucy A., b. Sept. 21, 1832.
Lemira, b. Aug. 20, 1835, d. Dec. 24, 1835.
I. Benjamin^ Caryl (Benjamin^, Benjamin^) was born in
Hopkinton in 1732, m. Dec. 9, 1762, Mrs. Sarah Kolloch, dau. of
Rev. Henry and Ester (Cheever) Messenger of Wrentham, b.
Nov. 27, 1725, d. 1806. He d. Nov. 14, 181 1. Mr. Caryl was
the first minister of the Springfield Parish. He was bom in
Hopkinton and graduated from Harvard in 176 1. He accepted
a call to the First Parish, Sept. 5, 1762, and was ordained Nov.
10 of the same year. He was for forty-nine years pastor of the
church, but during the last two years of his life was unable to
perform any ministerial services. He did not build on the land
which was donated for a parsonage (the Parish wood lot on
Walpole street), but occupied after his marriage the farm for-
merly owned by Eleazer Ellis, Jr., which he afterwards pur-
chased. In 1777 he built the "Old Parsonage," a fine specimen
of colonial architecture which is still standing on Dedham street.
At the time of Mr. Caryl's settlement, the inhabitants of the
Parish were all engaged in farming. He bought his own farm
and engaged with his parishioners in agricultural pursuits. Mr.
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Caryl added to the work of the ministry and farming the prep-
aration of boys for college. He was perfectly familiar with the
ways of life of his people, and enabled to sympathize with them
in all the affairs of their daily life. He was the equal of his
parishioners in all things, owning his own dwelling-house, farm,
and horse and chaise, and as a minister he was considered as
vastly their superior. His house was furnished with many ele-
gant pieces of furniture, which if brought together today would
be of great value and rare interest. Clergymen of the period cul-
tivated a generous hospitality and freely entertained visitors who
were journeying from town to town with horse and chaise. In
their ministerial hospitality they gave the best they had freely
and without stint. The Rev. Martin Cheney, who was reared in
Mr. Caryl's Parish, and settled in Rhode Island, thus refers to
the custom at a later period: 'T remember that when I had re-
duced my rent by half, paying but $20 per year, that a minister
from Boston called upon me and tarried over night. He was
dressed fashionably, but such a lodging place as he had I cannot
describe. A garret of the poorest kind and as poorly furnished."
Mr. Cheney adds : "It was the best I had and I thought it good
enough for him and I hoped it might do him good for I fear he
was a ministerial dandy." Mr. Caryl was contemporary with
the Rev. Stephen Badger of South Natick. Mrs. Stowe's de-
scription of the latter in Oldtown Folks gives us some slight idea
of the Rev. Mr. Caryl, as it is known that his ways and cus-
toms of life entered into Mrs. Stowe's realistic picture of the
minister 01 that time. The young men whom he fitted for col-
lege grew up grave and decorous through the influence of the
church, catechism and college, all acting in one line, and in due
time many studious and quiet youths stepped in regular succes-
sion, from the college to the theological course and thence to the
ministry, as their natural and appointed work. They received
the articles of faith as taught in their catechism without dispute
and took their places calmly and without opposition to assist in
carrying on a society, where everything had been arranged to go
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under their direction. In those days the New England minister
and his wife were considered the temporal and spiritual supe-
riors of everybody in the parish. Parson Lothrop in Mrs.
Stowe's Oldtown Folks was calmly awful in his sense of his own
position and authority, it would have been a sight worth seeing
to witness any of his parish coming to him as deacons and influ-
ential parishioners nowadays feel at liberty to come, to their min-
isters with suggestions and admonitions. His manner was very
gracious and affable, as of a man who habitually surveyed every-
one from above, and is supposed to listen with indulgent cour-
tesy, and keep his advice in reserve for all seekers; but there was
not the slightest shadow of anything which encouraged the most
presuming to offer council in return. The clergy- in those days
felt that they never preached temperance with so warm a
fervor as between the comfortable sips of a beverage of whose
temperate use they intended to be shining examples. In the lit-
tle theocracy which the Pilgrims established in the wilderness
the minister was the only order of nobility. There are no rec-
ords showing Mr. Caryl's position or work in the interest of
the Revolution, but it is believed that he was exceedingly patri-
otic, as few people manifested greater patriotism than the inhab-
itants of the Springfield Parish, during the great struggle for
liberty. The Parish erected a gravestone to his memory which
stands near the central entrance to the cemetery. Children:
Benjamin, b. Dec. 6, 1764, d. Sept. 12, 1775.
(2) George, b. Apr. i, 1767.
2. George"* (Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Benjamini), b. Apr. i,
1767, m. Nov. II, 1790, Pamelia, dau. of Dr. Nathaniel Martyn
of Uxbridge. d. Jan. 17, 1855. He d. Aug. 9, 1822. Dr. Caryl
graduated from Harvard in 1788. He studied medicine with
Dr. Samuel Willard of Uxbridge and commenced the practice
of medicine in Dover in 1790, "at a time when every sickly child
was cured with motherwort and tansey, which grew by the road-
side and suited all complaints. It was administered by each
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mother in the town." Dr. Caryl was in Boston for a time, but
it is presmned that he studied there rather than practiced medi-
cine. He was a successful physician and had an extensive prac-
tice in this and adjoining towns. Dr. Caryl represented the
school of medicine of that day, and his remedies consisted largely
of ipecac, calomel, salts and senna, castor oil and sulphur and
molasses. He practiced cupping and bleeding (which was a
fearful thing to go through) and in obstetrics used the hot plat-
ter. Children :
Benjamin, b. Oct. 4. 1791, d. Oct. 5, 1791.
Pamelia, b. Oct. 31, 1792, d. June 20, 1797.
Benjamin, b. AJar. 9, 1795, d. Apr. 13, 1796.
Sarah, b. Jan. 28, 1797, d. July 14, 1870.
George M., b. Feb. 20, 1799, d. Sept. 24, 1815.
Pamelia, b. Dec. 29, 1800, m. Sept. 12, 1824, L. S. Maring. New Jersey.
Ann, b. Oct. 22, 1802, m. Sept. 6, 1821, Aaron F. Miller.
Nathaniel, b. Aug. i, 1805. d. Aug. 2, 1805.
Joseph, b. July 13, 1803, d. .A^pr. 15, 1882.
Walter"^ Channing Jr. (Walter*^, William-^, John- John^),
son of Dr. Walter and Ann K. (Morse) Channing, was born in
Jamaica Plain, April 28, 1879, m- July 10, 1907, Cornelia P.,
dau, Charles and Augusta (Mitchell) Higbee, b. May 22, 1875.
Mr. Channing is engaged as a real estate and insurance broker
in Boston. Children :
Walter, 3rd, b. April 16, 1908.
Charles Emlin, b. Feb. 15. 1910.
I. John-* Cheney (John^, Daniel-, John^), b. in Newton, Jan.
10, 1704, m. Apr. 24, 1729, Lydia, dau. William and Sarah Bur-
rage. He d. Jan. 19, 1789. The Dover members of this family
are descended from both William of Roxbury and John of New-
bury. William lived in Roxbury previous to 1640, but the exact
time of his settlement has not been determined. John was in
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Roxbury in 1635, but moved to Newbury the following year as
recorded by the Apostle Eliot. John Cheney was a farmer and
one of the petitioners for the organization of the First Parish.
He lived on the Skimmings place on Main street, which he sold
to Jesse Knapp in 1762, and moved from town. The first men-
tion of the building of a road in the Springfield Parish was made
in the vote of the Parish in 1762, "to pay Hezekiah Allen his
charge for building a road from the burying place past the meet-
ing-house to the house of John Cheney." Children :
Lydia. b. Dec. 14, 1731, m. May 14, 1766, Thomas Draper.
(2) John, b.
2. John (John'*, John^, Daniel^, John^), b. about 1733, m. ist
Mar. 12, 1766, Ruth, dau. John and Ruth Hill of Sherbom, m.
2ndly Nov. 25, 1772, Martha Taft of Sutton. He died in Sutton
in 1773. Children:
Rhoda, b. Mar. 13, 1767.
Ruth, b. Mar. 15, 1770.
3. James-* (Joseph^, Daniel^, John^), b. in Newton May i,
1716, m. Jan. 10, 1740, Sybil, dau. Ebenezer and Lydia Little-
field, b. Nov. I, 1714. She died May 19. 1743. He m. 2ndly
May 31, 1745, Elizabeth Toser, d. June 20, 1802.
He was for many years a prominent man in Newton ; was a
deacon in the First Church. He was greatly respected and held
many positions of trust and honor. He lived on the Thomas
Coughlan farm on Walpole street, which he purchased in 1757.
As far as known this was the first farm advertised for sale in
the Springfield Parish. The following advertisement appeared
after Mr. Cheney's death in 1767: "To be sold for cash or short
credit 30 or 35 or 40 acres of choice land, consisting of pastur-
age, mowing and tillage lying in Springfield, Dedham, near the
meeting-house. Inquire of Joseph Cheney of Newton or Eliza-
beth Cheney living on the Premises." Children :
Sarah, b. June 13, 1741, m. Isaac Jackson.
Lydia, b. Jan. 15, 1743, m. Nov. 22, 1766, Timothy Merrifield.
Jonathan, b. Mar. 25, 1746. d. Nov. 7, 1754.
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Sybil, b. Aug. 30. 1747, m. Mar. 12, 1766, John Reed.
James*, b. June 28, 1749, d. 1793.
Elizabeth, b. June 27, 1751, m. Nov. 14, 1775, Oliver Kendrich.
Esther, b. July 10, 1753, m. Feb. 5, 1777, Elias Stinson.
(4) John, b. Apr. 6, 1755.
Olive, b. Jan. 31, 1757, m. Aug. 5, 1775, Thomas Morse.
(5) Joseph, b. 1761.
Abigail, b. . d. before 1766.
Hannah, b. , m. 1783, John Buckmaster.
4. John^ (James*, Joseph^, DanieP, Johni), b. in Newton
Apr. 6, 1755, m. Nov. 26, 1789, Hannah, dau. John and Hannah
(Dike) Adams. He Hved on the homestead, but moved to New
Salem in 1800. Children:
John, b. Nov. 9. 1790.
Olive, b. July 18, 1792, d. May 28, 1857.
Hannah, b. May 2, 1794, m. John Wade, West Roxbury.
Fanny, b. July 22, 1796. m. John Frost, Dedham.
Junia, b. Sept. 2. 1798.
Artemus, b. July 21, 1800.
5. Joseph^ (James^ Joseph^, Daniel-, Johni), b. 1761, m.
1782, Susannah Wads worth of Maine. He died in 1834. He
owned the farm on Pine street occupied by the late George Mc-
Kenzie. There were six children, three sons and three daughters,
but the names of only four are recorded. Joseph Cheney moved
from Dover and at one time lived at Newport, N. H. Martin
was the fourth of the six children rnd settled in Rhode Island.
He became a prominent minister of the Freewill Baptist denom-
ination. He was ordained at Johnston. Rhode Island, April 28,
1825, and soon commenced to preach in halls at Olneyville and
North Providence. He drew around him men of talent, influ-
ence and position, including Dr. Messer, President of Brown
University, who explained his attendance upon his preaching by
saying that he always carried away from that humble spot (the
hall in which the services were held) most profitable instruction.
Mr. Cheney created so much interest in religion that in less than
two years the congregation at Olneyville erected a large house
of public worship which was dedicated in 1827. Mr. Cheney be-
came pastor of this church, which position he held for thirty
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years, or until his death. He was an extemporaneous speaker
and his strength lay in his originality. His entire public school
education was gained in the Sanger School before he was sixteen
years of age. He was bright and cheerful and full of fun. In
his youth it is said that practical jesters not unfrequently made
him the centre of their circle and became the convulsed spec-
tators of his comic drollery and the victims of his mischievous
but not malicious fun. Mr. Cheney was much interested in educa-
tion, temperance, the anti-slavery cause, peace and moral gov-
ernment. He was a great worker and his talents were in con-
stant demand. He reported in 1845 that during the year he had
delivered 310 public addresses. At the time of his death his
church expressed the hope that the principles of freedom which
he advocated will triumph that all, like him, shall believe in free
soil, free men, free speech, free trade, free will, free communion
and free salvation.
The society at Olneyville erected in their church a slab in the
form of a shield which bears the following inscription : —
Martin Cheney —
Bom in Dover, Mass., Aug. 29, 1792,
Ordained to preach
April 28, 1825.
Was installed pastor over the
First Free Will Baptist Church and society
at their organization
November 7, 1828,
and continued such until his death
January 4, 1852.
His last words were, "I have a hope that endureth unto the end."
A friend writes of him : He had the light and glow of an un-
common intellectual ability. Self-educated he indeed was and
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yet he was an intellectual giant. No one ever came in contact
with him without finding a demand for his mightiest energies.
Mr. Cheney left an autobiographical sketch of his life, from
which the following extracts are taken illustrating his boyhood
life in Dover and youthful experiences elsewhere.
In my researches I have never found a charge of dishonesty
against one of my ancestors or connections. To the best of my
knowledge, the coat of arms of my ancestors was Poverty-Hon-
esty-Piety. From my parents I received religious and moral in-
struction, and received it early. I was taught to reverence and
keep the Sabbath, to attend public worship and from week to
week was taught the questions and answers in the assembly cate-
chism of the Westminster Divines. In this manner I learned
what was the chief end of man, and the reason I am not a Cal-
vinist is not for want of early instruction in his peculiar senti-
ments, but from a decided conviction that, as good as Calvin or
my parents might be, they had mistaken the will of God on the
subject. Among the recollections of my early school days is
that of speaking at a public exhibition a piece from the Columbia
Orator commencing thus :
You'd scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage.
I could not have been much above five years of age and I think
I felt something of the spirit of my piece when I uttered the
And where's the boy but three feet high
That's made improvement more than I?
This was my first appearance in public. I have often in my
subsequent experiences had occasion to say, "You'd scarce ex-
pect, &c.," for I have been called where I never expected to be
called, to fill places and discharge duties unexpected to myself
and others. The desire to know what was contained in books
became so strong as to induce me to lay hold upon nearly every
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volume that came in my way, and nearly the whole of quite a
respectable village library was laid under my contribution to
meet the demands of my eager spirit. When some of my school-
mates left to prepare for college I much wanted to go, too, but
my father was poor and so I was obliged to see them leave with
regret. When eleven years of age Mr. Cheney came very near
losing his life by means of a fever sore. He gives the following
account of a surgical operation : "The doctor retired to the fields
where he remained nearly an hour, when he returned, called for
pen and ink, and made a mark on the thigh, where he was going
to cut. My mother and sister left the room, all the family, I
think, except my father. The other surgeon said I must be held.
To my surprise and that of all present, Dr. Miller said : 'No,
he will bear it, I know he will,' and such was the confidence and
courage he inspired in me that I did endure it without a groan."
He resided for a time with a brother in Boston, who kept a
grocery store with several appendages of cider, beer and whis-
key. He says, "Many gills, pints and quarts have I drawn for
the customers of the liquid fire."
His father put him to a trade, in the family of a deacon of a
Presbyterian Church, where he stayed two weeks. "Our clothes,"
he says, "must all be of such a make, we apprentices had a table
by ourselves and the provisions were of an inferior quality."
Later he engaged himself as an apprentice at the business of
making nails. He answered an advertisement for a boy in a
Boston paper. "A bundle of clothes prepared by a mother's
love was swung over my shoulder and I started for the city, rec-
ommended only by my appearance and my 'awkwardness' which
was probably accepted as an index to honesty." In 1810 he
accepted a position with his brother at Olneyville, R. I. I had
come from Massachusetts, where the law laid its hand on reli-
gious observances. There if a man labored on the Sabbath, or
went on a journey for pleasure, he might expect to be visited by
a minister of law. In Rhode Island there was much of the free,
generous, independent spirit of Roger Williams among the peo-
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pie. He worked for and boarded in the family of his brother,
who was a vender of meat. "Oh, how terrible in its influence
upon me was the want of an attractive home, where I might
spend my evenings. Oh, could my voice be heard by parents and
guardians, 1 would say earnestly, strongly, make home attrac-
tive to your children, spare no pains to accomplish this. Let not
the shops, tavern, stables and street educate your children. I
have had a sad experience in this species of instruction. In 1815
he went with his older brother to New York and took up the
grocery business and mackerel fishing." We were unsuccessful
in both. Finding no way to pay my rent I removed into a hut
or hovel not much larger than an Indian wigwam, a little above
Hoboken. There with my wife and child and youngest brother
I spent the winter of 1816-17. And such a winter! It was the
winter following what was called the cold summer when the
crops were so extensively destroyed by the frost. Thirty thou-
sand were supplied with soup, daily in the city of New York
that winter, hundreds were flocking into the country ofifering to
work for their food. The farmers refused to employ them on ac-
count of the scarcity of provisions. And there we were, wife,
child, brother and myself, without food, without work, among
strangers, a cold winter upon us, and strangers in the land. We
had fresh meat once during the winter. We lived on potatoes
while we could get them, then on turnips to save what little
bread we could get for the child. It was a winter long to be re-
membered. I then thought if I could get bread for myself and
family I would never again complain. Children :
Joseph, b. , was in Providence, 1817.
Martin, b. Aug. 29, 1792, d. in Olneyville, Jan. 4. 1852.
Polly, b. Apr. 2, 1796, m. Ira Richards, Dedham.
Lucy, b. Nov. 9, 1800. m. Dec. 29, 1825, Jonathan M. Wilmarth.
6. Samuel^ (Josiah=^, Joseph^, William^), b. Jan. 22, 1729-30,
m. 1766 Olive, dau. Seth and Sarah (Pratt) Wight, b. Aug. 21,
1743, d. Sept. 6, 1804. He d. Nov. 11, 1797. Mr. Cheney was a
native of Med field. He purchased in 1766 a ninety-five acre
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farm of the widow of Josiah Ellis, in the southerly part of
Dover, now owned by Geo. D. Hall. Children :
(7) Simon, b. Mar. 25, 1767.
Sarah, b. Feb. 11, 1769, d. Nov. , 1777.
Samuel, b. Oct. 27, 1772, d. Feb. 29, 1776.
Luther, b. June 2, 1775, d. Nov. 6, 1800, in Philadelphia.
(8) Samuel, b. Jan. 30, I777-
Calvin, b. 1779,
Olive, b. Jan. i, 1781, d. Aug. 26. 1800.
7. Simon^ (SamueH, Josiah^, Joseph-, William^), b. Mar.
25, 1767, m. Apr. 18. 1805, Nabby, dau. Seth and Mary (Wight)
Wight of Medfield, b. 1783; he was a prominent citizen, served
the town on important committees, and was a selectman for six
years. He d. 1825. Children:
Samuel, b. Feb. 15, 1806.
Luther, b. July 25, 1809.
Amanda, b. Apr. 7, 1812, d. Oct. 16, 1856.
Olive, b. Dec. 23, 1814, m. Mar. 23, 1835, Henry French, Montpeiier,
Simon, b. Sept. 22,, 1820.
George C, bpt. June 22, 1823.
8. Calvim^ (Samuel-*, Josiah^, Joseph^, William^), b. 1779, m.
1805 Olive, dau. Nathaniel and Sarah Holbrook. He later
moved to Sherborn ; three of his children were probably born in
Dover. Children :
Olive, m. Apr. 5, 1824, Daniel Brewer.
Anna H., m. Aug. 31, 1826, Adam Morse, Jr.
Calvin, b. .
Nathaniel H., b. Apr. i. 1815.
9 Benjamin^ Pierce (Jesse", Elias^, Tristram^, John'*, John^,
Peter2, John^), b. Aug. 12, 1815, m. June 6, 1865, Elizabeth
Stickney, dau. Asahel and Elizabeth Searle (Whiting) Clapp,
b. Aug. 23, 1839. He died July 23, 1895.
During the last fifteen years of his life Mr. Cheney was a res-
ident of Dover. He purchased the estate for so many years
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owned by Col. John Jones, which he made with his family his
summer home. Mr. Cheney was born in Hillsboro, N. H., and
received a brief common school education. At the age of ten he
worked in his father's blacksmith shop; at twelve he was em-
ployed in a store in Francistown, and at sixteen he was a driver
of a New Hampshire stagecoach. Mr. Cheney was a pioneer in
the express business of this country, and in the early 30's started
out for himself as express agent for the stage line which left
the Wilde House in Boston, the favorite inn of New Hamphire
and Vermont people. Cheney's express soon had all the business
of the Granite state. With the building of the Worcester and
Nashua railroad and the Pltchburg railroad with connections to
Burlington the firm name became Cheney, Fiske & Co. ; later the
business was known as the United States and Canada Express
Company. About 1880 this net work of express lines covering
Vermont and New Hampshire was consolidated into the Ameri-
can Express Company, of which Mr. Cheney was the largest
owner. Through his interests in the carrying business of the
country, and his judicious investments, he became one of the
wealthiest men in New England. He was a man of high char-
acter and the strictest integrity. He was interested in the de-
velopment of the West and had a large interest in the Atchison
system, and at one time in the Northern Pacific, as well as in the
Wells, Fargo Express Company. In the last years of his life Mr.
Cheney devoted much of his time to the development of his
estate, which is one of the most beautiful in New England. He
was much interested in horticulture and was a member of the
Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In 1886 Mr. Cheney pre-
sented his native State with a bronze statue of Daniel Webster
which stands in the park in front of the State House. The statue
was executed by Thomas Ball, at Florence, and is nobly con-
ceived. Webster was often a passenger of his and took a great
liking to him. When Mr. Cheney went into the express busi-
ness for himself, Mr. Webster wrote out and presented to him
a copy of the laws of the State relating to Common Carriers. He
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had a great fondness for his native State and Dartmouth College
was greatly helped through his munificence. Children :
Benjamin Pierce, Jr., b. Apr. 8, 1866, m. 1898, Julia Arthur.
Alice Steele, b. Aug. 27, 1867, rn. Wm. Hewson Baltzell.
Charles Paine, b. Dec. 20, 1869, d. 1897 at Colorado Springs.
Mary, b. Nov. 3, 1871, m. Dec. 10, 1900, Arthur S. Davis.
Elizabeth, b. Dec. 4, 1874, m. Carl F. Kaufmann.
I. Nathaniel'* Chickering (Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b.
1647, m. Dec. 30, 1668, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Mary Judson,
m. 2ndly "3 of ye 10 mo." 1674, Lydia, dau. of Capt. Daniel and
Abigail (Harriot) Fisher, b. July 14, 1652, d. July 17, 1737. He
died Oct, 21, 1694.
It is always interesting to trace, generation after generation,
the descendants of any old family. It has been said that there
are more New Englanders in some of the Western States than in
New England itself. So it is true that there are more families
dwelling on ancestral acres in New England than in old Eng-
land. Mrs. Alice Morse Earl says : In my genealogical re-
search in England, I have not found cases of long continued res-
idence of the same family nearly as common as in New Eng-
land. Surprise and even annoyance is shown in England, at
your expectation and hope of finding descendants of the original
owners occupying farm homes two hundred years old. The
Chickering homestead on Haven street has been occupied by
lineal descendants of Nathaniel Chickering for more than two
centuries and is still in the name. Some years ago a member of
the family caused records in England to be searched and the
family was traced to Stephen Chickering, who died at Wickle-
wood, Norfolk, in 1576. His son Henry lived in Kingsfield and
his grandson Simon at Wrentham, where his son Nathaniel, the
emigrant, was bornf . Nathaniel Chickering first settled on Ded-
ham Island, on the farm which was later known as the Fuller
place. His second wife, Lydia Fisher, went, previous to her
tSee article by the writer in the Dedbam Historical Register, July 18, 1892.
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marriage, into the family of Rev. John Russell at Hadley, where
for a year or more she waited upon the Regicides, Whalley and
Goff, who fled to this country to escape the wrath of Charles II.
Previous to 1690 Mr. Chickering commenced to clear land iu
that part of Dedham, which is now Dover. He built a house on
the site of the present homestead on Haven street, now occupied
by his lineal descendant, George Ellis Chickering. The first
house was taken down in 1767 and a new one erected on the spot,
which was remodeled in 1867, and is still standing. Nathaniel
Chickering died suddenly in 1694 soon after completing his
liouse, which it is said he never occupied with his family. His
widow and children lived here, with the exception of John, who
remained on Dedham Island. Children :
Prudence, b. Sept. 9, 1675, d. Nov. 26, 1675.
(2) Nathaniel, b. Mar. 28. 1677, m. Mary Thorp.
Lydia, b. Dec. i, 1678. m. Thomas Metcalf.
Mary, b. Dec. 15, 1680, m. Nathan Aldis.
John, b. Nov. 22. 1682. d. Jan. 16, 1713-4.
Abigail, b. Mar. 29, 1684-5, d. 1749.
Daniel, b. July i, 1687. d. Feb. 10, 1717-8.
(3) Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1689, m. Mary Harding, Medfield.
Esther, b. May 7, 1694, m. Ebenezer Ware.
2. Nathaniel-'' (Nathaniel^, Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b.
Mar. 28, 1677, ^- Aug. 14, 1700, Mary, dau. of James and Han-
nah (Newcomb) Thorp, b. Jan. 23, 1677; she d. Sept. i, 1715,
m. 2ndly, July 26, 1716, Deborah, dau. of Joseph and Deborah
(Colburn) Wight, b. Aug. 6, 1684, d. Jan. 16, 1749. He d. Jan.
16, 1746-7. Before the organization of the Church in Dover,
the Chickering family worshipped at South Natick, and Nathan-
iel was a deacon in the Church. He was a selectman of Dedham
in 1733. His son, Eliphalet, had a fifty-five acre farm, which
included Allen F. Smith's place and a part of Eben Higgin's
farm with adjoining land. There is no record of his marriage
or death. He sold half of his farm in 1758 and soon after dis-
appeared from the parish. Nathaniel Chickering inherited the
homestead and was directed fo pay his seven brothers and sisters
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fourteen pounds, seven shillings and two pence half-penny
each. Children :
Nathaniel, b. Apr. 15, 1701, settled in. Wrentham.
Mar}-, b. Feb. 25, 1703.
Jeremiah, b. May 20, 1705.
Eliphalet, b. Nov. 24, 1707.
David, b. Mar. 24, 1710.
Hannah, b. Aug. 9, 1712, m. Mr. Richardson.
Mary, b. Aug. 9, 1712.
(4) John, b. Aug. 23, 1715, m. Mary .
(5) Joseph, b. May 5, 1717, m. Rebecca Newell.
(6) Daniel, b. Dec. 30, 1718, m. Kezia Ellis, Medfield.
Deborah, b. Apr. 9, 1722.
Lydia, b. Sept. 12, 1723.
3. Samuel^ (Nathaniel, Simon^, Henry-, Stephen^), b.
Feb. 14, 1689, m. 1720, Mary, dau. of Henry and Mary (Allen)
Harding of Medfield, b. May 12, 1701 ; d. July 9, 1778. He d.
in 1778. Mr. Chickering was the original settler on the
Powisset farm and one of the thirty-four persons who peti-
tioned the General Court in April, 1748, to make the Spring-
field precinct a parish, and to be freed from the ministerial
rate in other places, that they might build a meeting-house of
their own and settle a minister. This request was granted
and it led to the organization of the First Parish in 1749. He
was a cordwainer by trade, a schoolmaster and farmer. The
house of Samuel Chickering is somewhere spoken of as near
"Rattlesnake Rock." Rattlesnakes were numerous in the
rocky woods west of Hartford street, in fact they were plenti-
ful at one time in the whole vicinity. Rattlesnake oil was
used by the early inhabitants as a cure for rheumatism and
sprains. The oil is very penetrating and snakes were hunted
for the oil which they yielded. Children :
Samuel, b. Mar. 19,, 1721, d. Apr. 10, 1721.
Samuel, b. Mar. 18, 1722.
Mary. b. Apr. 23, 1724, m. Aug. 14, 1751, Samuel Fisher.
Abigail, b. Nov. i, 1726, d. Feb. 1727.
Henry, b. July 30, 1728, d. Aug. 3, 1728.
Sarah, b. Aug. 9, 1732, d. Oct. 28, 1732.
Desire, b. Aug. 27, 1734, d. Nov. 3, 1734.
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4. John^ (Nathaniel^, NathanieH, SimonS, Henry2,
Stephenl), b. Aug. 23, 1715, m. Mary ; m. 2ndly, Jan. 9,
1766, Mrs. Elizabeth Gay of Dcdham. He marched at the
Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 1775. Children :
(7) John, b. Aug. 21, 1744, m. Lois Marsh of Medfield.
Samuel, b. Sept. 28, 1745, d. May 12, 1746.
Abigail, b. Nov. 25, 1747.
Timothy, b. Mar. 10, 1750.
Samuel, b. May 24, 1755.
Molly, b. Sept. 20, 1758.
fOliver, m. 1772, Tabitha Hooker; children, Oliver and Obed, b.
Aug. 20, 1772. Moved to Rutland.
Abner, b. Oct. 5, 1765-6, m. Eunice Dakin, Apr. 19, 1791, m. sec-
ondly, Lydia Stratton, settled in Mason, N. H. His son,
Jonas, was the original manufacturer of the celebrated Chick-
ering piano, which has made the name known in two hemis-
tOliver Chickering served in the Revoluton from Dedham and after moving to
Rutland did guard duty, where many British soldiers were held as prisoners of war
for many months. That part of Rutland where the Chickerings lived was known for
many years as Chickeringville and was located not far from the old barracks.
5. Joseph^ (Nathaniel^, NathanieH, Simon^, Henry2,
Stephenl), b. May 5, 1717, m. Feb. 7, 1743-4, Rebecca, dau. Jo-
siah and Hannah (Fisher) Newell (she m. 2ndly Mar. 2, 1757,
Dea. Joseph Haven), d. Nov. 28, 1754. He had a farm from
the original estate, which in later years was known as the
Haven place. Flis house is still standing, and is said to have
been built in 1747. His son, Joseph, belonged to the Dover
Company of Minute Men and marched at the Lexington
Alarm; his grandson, Jabez, was the second minister of the
Norwood Congregational Church. He was one of the first
young men from the Springfield Parish to go to college. He
graduated from Harvard in 1774 and studied theology with
the Rev. Benjamin Caryl. Children:
Experience, b. Nov. 10, 1744, d. Sept. 29, 1746.
Rebecca, b. Aug. 4, 1746, m. June 14, 1764, Lemuel Richards.
Joseph b. Sept. 10, 1748, d. Dec. 4, I7S4-
Deborah, b. June 3, 1751, d. Dec. 3, 1754.
Jabez, b. Nov. 4, 1753, m. Hannah, dau. Rev. Thomas Balch, Dedham.
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6. Daniel^ (Nathaniels, NathanieH, SimonS, Henry2,
Stephen^), b. Dec. 30, 1718; m. in 1745, Kezia, dau. of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Morse) Ellis of Medfield, b. in 1726, d. Oct. 12,
1793. He d. Apr. 11, 1790. At this time, when so much is
being said about the conservation of foodstuffs, it is of inter-
est to note how our grandmothers dried, in the most primi-
tive way, the perishable summer fruits and vegetables which
today are too often allowed to go to waste. Commencing
with the blueberry they dried the succession of berries as
they came along, followed in the early fall by the apple, peach,
squash, pumpkin, and pole bean, all of which greatly extended
the foodstuff's of every family long before the processes of
canning was known. Children :
Elizabeth, b. Oct. 14, 1746, d. Sept. 23, 1778.
Kezia, b. Apr. 27, 1748, m. Oct. 14, 1772, Joseph Morse, Natick.
(8) Nathaniel, b. Mar. 24, 1730, m. Esther Dewing.
Lydia, b. in 1752, m. Feb. 25, 1777, James Mann, Jr.
Joseph, b. Feb. 4, 1755, d. Jan. 3, 1812.
Daniel, b. Aug. 20, 1758, was a student in physics in Wilming-
ton, in 1784.
(9) Simon, b. July, 1761, d. Aug. 20, 1778.
Jesse, b. Sept. 22, 1763, m. Dorcas Smith, Medfield.
7. JohnT (John6, Nathaniel^, NathanieH, Simon^, Henry2,
Stephenl), b. Aug. 21, 1744, m. July 2, 1767, Lois, dau. John
and Lydia (Smith) Marsh of Medfield. He settled the farm
owned by the late Patrick Slavin on Farm street, but later
lived on Strawberry hill. Marched at the Lexington Alarm.
Thaddeus, b. Nov. 4, 1767.
(id) David, b. May 3, 1769, m. Sarah Plympton, Medfield.
(11) John, b. Mar. 25, 1771, m. Abigail Wilson, Dover.
Louise, b. Jan. 29, 1773.
James, b. Oct. 5, 1774.
Rebecca, b. Apr. 18, 1777.
Bettie, b. July 30, 1779.
(12) Hartshorn, b. May 22, 1780, m. Mary Smith, Medfield.
Shubal, b. Jan. 3, 1782.
Alpheus. b. Oct. i, 1783.
Shimia, b. July 10, 1785.
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8. Nathaniel^ (Daniel^, Nathaniels, NathanieH, SimonS,
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Mar. 29, 1750; m. Sept. 17, 178 1, Esther,
dau. of Andrew and Esther (Richardson) Dewing, b. Jan. 25,
1762; d. Jan. 27, 1845. He d. Feb. 5, 1837. Nathaniel took his
farm from the southerly part of the Chickering estate and built
his house, which is now standing on the original site, just back
of the house occupied by the late Mrs. Ziolkow^ski on Walpole
street. Like most of the early houses it had only one living
room. The cellar was reached through a trap door, still to be
seen, and the loft where the children slept was reached by a
ladder. When Mr. Chickering furnished his house, all the fur-
niture, it is said, was ordered from England, and much of it is
still in existence. At a later period much furniture was made
from timber cut on Dover farms. Cabinet makers went from
house to house and bureaus and chests of drawers were often
built in the bed rooms where they stood for many years. In
some instances the dimensions exceeded those of the doors and
windows and families in moving had to leave old pieces of
furniture behind or have them taken to pieces by a cabinet
maker. Mr. Chickering was a civil engineer and was one of
the early town treasurers, the office containing for many years
in the family. He served at the Battle of Lexington and at
Ticonderoga in 1776. Children:
Simeon, b. Mar. 23, 1782, d. Apr. 2, 1790.
Nathaniel, b. May 23, 1784, m. Fannie Nelson, res. Enfield.
(13) Daniel, b. Aug. 13. 1787, m. Caroline Clark.
Polly, b. May 26, 1789; d. Nov. 2, 1789.
(14) Leonard, b. Nov. 2, 1790; m. Roxa Capen, Dedham.
Simeon b. Sept. 26, 1792 d. Oct. 9, 1800.
Joseph, b. Sept. 18. 1794, d. Oct. 25, 1800.
Otis, b. Oct. 16, 1796, d. Oct. 16, 1800.
Lucy, b. Jan. 13, 1799. d. Oct. 15, 1800.
Esther, b. May 10, 1801, d. July 18, 1819.
Almira, b. Apr.; 7, 1806, m. Oct. 26, 1825, Samuel B. Scott of
9. Jesse^ (Daniel^, Nathaniel'^ Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry^,
Stephen^), b. Sept. 22, 1763; m. Sept. 14, 1791, Dorcas, dau.
John and Jemima (Fales) Smith of Medfield, b. 1759 d Dec
24, 1834. He d. 1834. Mr. Chickering occupied the' original
homestead on Haven street. Children:
^'^^ Fnf/^^' t °''- ^^' '791- m. Hannah Guild of Walpole
Ellis, b. Mar. 14. 1793, d. Jan. 5, 1822 vvaipoie.
rrfi^ ?'"''^K \ ^^'- ^' '795; d. July 18, 1825.
^ cT.'ri ^"f- ^'' '797. m. Caroline Reaney of Boston
Charles, b. Aug. 29, 1799. d. Aug. 5, 1801. ^°''°"-
10. ^David^ (Johns John^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel^ Simon3
Henr,- Mephen^), b. May 3, 1769; m. March 5, 1795 Sarah
dau. of David and Sarah (V/right) Plympton of Medfield b'
1/74. d. 1817. where he lived for several years. Children:
Polly, b. 179-.
Charles, b. 1798.
Joseph, b. July 25, 1801.
Eliza, b. 1809.
II. ^ Johns (Johns John6, Nathaniel^ Nathaniel, Simon^
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Mar. 25. 1771, m. Mar. 28, 1799, Abigail'
dau. Samuel and Abigail (Richards) Wilson, b. Sept. 12 1774'
He bought the Dea. Joshua Ellis farm on Haven street '
A correspondent in giving some genealogical facts relating to
this famdy contributed the following description of a wedding
costume m 1828: ^
First the hair was done in pin curls. Do you know what pin curls
are. The ha,r was trimmed squarely to the shoulders, a little
longer than the modern Dutch cut. then a little tuft was taken
and rolled up, not on the fingers, but between them so that it
made a little ring close to the head. Through this a pin was
thrust and another tuft taken up; when the hair was dry the
pins were taken out and the curls dangled in little round rings'
Two rows were made, one above the other, and when done num-
bered about one hundred. The time occupied in doing this work
vaned from one to two hours. You can thus see that time at
this period was not very precious. On her head the bride wor'^
a flat hat, three-fourths of a yard in diameter, made of finely
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braided straw and sewed. It was trimmed with white love rib-
bon. The dress was of white nainsook muslin made with short
waist and low neck, the neck being filled in with lace. The short
sleeves were worn with falling ruffles and long white lace mitts.
The skirt contained two breadths with gores between. It fell
exactly to the ankle joints and the bottom had three narrow
crossgrain ruffles. Openwork stockings, white of course, and
plum colored prunella slippers with high heels. Over the shoul-
ders was worn a shawl or mantle like the dress and ruffled. In
her hand she carried a muslin handkerchief three-fourths of a
yard square, with an inch wide hemstitched border, and a "smell-
ing bottle," in the shape of a long-legged boot. The smelling
bottle and handkerchief I remember very well. Every article,
except the slippers, was made by the bride's mother, even the
mitts. No machines then, you know. I fear our girls of today
would be old brides before they could complete such an outfit as
this. Children :
Calvin b. Sept. 25, 1799; d. Sept. 29, 1819.
Abigail, b. Jan. 20, 1802, m. Manning Thayer of Bellingham.
David, b. Jan. 28, 1804, d. in Dover.
Mary W., b. Mar 27, 1805, m. Eliab Wight of Bellingham.
William b. Mar. 11, 1807, d. in Dover.
Lucy, b. Dec. i, 1812.
John, b. Jan. 30, 1816, d. Dec. 19, 1891.
12. Hartshorn^ (John", John^, Nathaniel, Nathaniel-*,
Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. May 22, 1780, m. in 1805 Mary,
dau. of Dea. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Smith of Medfield.
Lois, b. April 6, 1808.
Abigail, b. in Medfield, 1810.
13. Daniel^ (Nathaniel", Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel"* Si-
mon^, Henry2, Stephen^), b. Aug. 13, 1787, m. Nov. 23. t8io,
Caroline Clark, b. Mar. 2, 1790, d. Aug. 4, 1817, m. 2ndly Apr.
28, 1819, Orpha, dau, Joseph and Bethsheba (Leonard) Bur-
bank of Medfield, b. Sept. 17, 1799, ^- J^"- ^7' ^^72. She prob-
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ably belonged to the Burbank family of Maine or New Hamp-
shire, all of whom are descended from John Burbank, who was
made a freeman in Rowley, May 13, 1640. He is believed to be
the ancestor of all of the name in New England. He was a
deacon in the Dover Evangelical Congregational Church and
for a time lived in Medfield. He was an inventive genius and
was the inventor of mud shoes ; a machine for cutting and head-
ing nails at the same time, and a self-loading and unloading
cart. He was prominent in starting the stock company which
carried on the "New Mill" at the falls, near Powisset, for the
rolling and slitting of Norway iron. He had much to do with
its equipment, which for those days was considered the very best.
On his return to Dover he took up his residence on his father's
farm on Walpole street. He d. Jan. 17, 1872!. Children:
Cyrus Clark, b. in Medfield, Nov. 30, 1812. m. Sarah N. Scott,
Aug. 31, 1841, d. Nov. 18, 1865. She was b. Apr. 14, 1818.
Residence, New York.
(17) James, b. in Medfield, May 7, 1821, m. Phebe Ann Thompson of
Caroline Frances, b. Feb. 22, 1826, m. Oct. 13, 1846, Leonard
Almira S., b. Sept. 3, 1834; d. Sept. 19, 1853.
14. Leonard" (Nathaniel®, Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Simon^^
Henry2, Stephen^), b. Nov. 2, 1790, m., Jan. i, 1829, Roxa, dau.
of Nathaniel and Submit Capen of Dedham, b. Nov. 19, 1798,
d. Mar. 24, 1849. Children:
Otis, b. Oct. 19, 1829, m. Caroline M. Perry, June 6, i860, res. Cats-
kill, N. Y.
Lucy A., b. Oct. 10, 1833.
Harriet R., b. June 13, 1836, m. June i. 1863, William Fisher of Nor-
15. George^ (Jesse^, Daniel®, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^,.
Henry2, Stephen^), b. Dec. 25, 1791, m. Nov, 30, 1826, Hannah,
dau. Samuel and Keturah (Cleveland) Guild of Walpole, b.
Sept. 29, 1776, d. May 24, 1881. He d. Sept. 28, 1857. Mr.
tSuperintendents of the Sunday School of the Evangelical Congregational Church
previous to 1900, Daniel Chickering, John Q. A. Nichols, Ithamar Whiting, George
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Chickering was for many years the town treasurer and lived on
the original homestead on Haven street. Children :
Dorcas Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1827, m. Nov. 30, 1848, Abiathar Richmond
Tuck, of South Natick.
George E., b. Apr. 29, 1830.
Samue! Guild, b. June 13. 1836, m. July, 1889, Mary Eaton, res.
William H., b. Dec. 19. 1838, d. Feb. 21, 1877.
Hannah E., b. Aug. 19, 1841, d. Feb. 11, 1880.
16. Jesse^ (Jesse", JDaniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel-^, Simon^,
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Aug. 31, 1797, m. Nov. 18, 1838, Caroline,
dau. William L, and Abigail (Englesby) Reaney of Boston, b.
July 6, 1801, d. April 2, 1859. He d. May 29, 1855. Mr. Chick-
ering resided at Jamaica Plain. He was at the time of his death
perhaps the most eminent statistician in America. He gradu-
ated at Harvard College in the class of 181 3, studied theology
and became a Unitarian minister, but was never settled over a
parish. Later he studied medicine, and received his degree in
1833. After practising his profession in Boston ten years, he
gave it up, and devoted himself to gathering statistics. His
most elaborate work was on "The Population of Massachusetts
from 1765 to 1840," and was published in 1846. In 1848 he
published a valuable work on "Immigration in the United
States." He was confidential correspondent of Daniel Webster
and other leading statesmen. His last work was a very learned
article, entitled "Letters Addressed to the President of the
United States on Slavery, considered in relation to the consti-
tutional principles of government in Great Britain and in the
United States." He was a frequent contributor to American
and European magazines. Dr. Chickering was a student in the
fullest sense of the term, and carried an enthusiasm into his
work that was remarkable. Child:
17. James^ (Daniel^, Nathaniel'''. Daniel^, Nathaniel'', Na-
thaniel. Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. May 7, 1821, m. May 7,
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1844, Phebe Ann, dau. William and Margaret (Nelson)
Thompson of Wales, b. Oct. 20, 1823, d. Jan. 26, 1905. He d.
Oct. 20, 1875. He lived on the Walpole street homestead. Mr.
Chickering was a prominent citizen, a member of the board of
selectmen and a deacon in the Evangelical Congregational
Church. Children :
Eldora D., b. July i6, 1847, d. Dec. 25, 1863.
Edella D., b. Nov. 17, 1748, m. June 6, 1870, Thomas C. Norton,
m. 2ndly May 15, 188S. Allen F. Smith.
(18) Charles Henry, b. Feb. 27, 1851.
18. Charles^^ Henry (James^, Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Daniel^,
Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry-, Stephen^), b. Feb. 2y,
1 85 1, m. Feb. 17, 1874, Lucy Alaria, dau. Richard and Lucy G.
(Aldrich) Henry, b. Dec. i, 1850, d. Mar. 13, 1880, m. 2ndly
Apr. 19, 1883, Lizzie A., dau. Abiathar R. and Dorcas Ann
(Chickering) Tuck, b. Nov. 9, 1851. He d. Mar. 7, 1890. Mr.
Chickering was a contractor and did much building in Newton.
He lived on Haven street. Children :
Alma M., b. Apr. 20, 1877, d. July 4, 1913.
(19) James H.. b. Nov. 24. 1878.
George R., b. Jan. 24, 1880, m. Aug. 9, 191 1, Amy Henry, res.
19. James^^ Henry (Charles Henry^^, James^, Daniel^, Na-
thaniel", Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry^,
Stephen!) , b. Nov. 24, 1878, m. Jan. 7, 1905, Miriam B., dau.
William F. and Eliza T. (Allen) De Meritt. Mr. Chickering
has been for many years a member of the board of selectmen.
Antoinette, b. Sept. 10, 1905.
Emily Edella, b. July 25, 1909.
Jacob^ Clark (Jacob^, David*, Solomon^, Joseph- Joseph^),
b. in Medfield, Nov. 4, 1774, m. Nov. 29, 1798, Prudence, dau.
Timothy and Prudence (Battelle) Stowe, b. Feb. 27, 1756. He
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d. in Dedham Jan. 29, 1837. Mr. Clark engaged with John
Williams in the hotel, store and livery business at the old tav-
ern on Dedham street in 1799. After a few years Mr. Williams
succeeded to the business, and Mr. Clark moved to Federal
hill, Dedham, where he manufactured waterwheels under the
firm name of Clark & Holmes. He was a descendant of Joseph
Clark, an early resident of Dedham, and one of the thirteen
original settlers of Medfield. Children :
Sally Stowe, b. Nov. 21. 18a:), d. Oct. 11, 1811.
Prudence, b. Oct. 24, 1802, m. Feb. 5. 1826, Elijah Howe, Dedham.
1. David- Cleveland (George^) was descended from Moses
Cleveland, who came to America in 1635 and settled in Wo-
burn. He was born in Walpolc, May i, 1744. Mr. Cleveland
bought the Richard Bacon farm on Main street. He served in
the last French and Indian War, also at the Lexington Alarm.
He married May 12, 1773, Rachel, dau. Hezekiah and Jemima
(Kingsbury) Allen, b. Feb. 4, 1749-50, d. Mar. 12, 1799, m.
2ndly, Mrs. Kazia (Mason) Allen; she m. 3rdly, Nov. 9, 1826,
Maj. Gen. Elijah Crane of Canton. Mr. Cleveland d. Apr. 4,
1S20. Children :
Ira, b. Dec. 31, 1773. d. Aug. 28, 1774.
David, b. Sept. 4, 1775, settled in Providence.
Ira, b. Dec. 21, 1777, settled in Hopkinton.
Cyrus, b. Feb. 28, 1780.
(2) George, b. May 12. 1782.
Gad, b. Mar. 16, 1784.
Rachel, b. Feb. i, 17S6. m. Nov. 29, 1815. Elijah Legg, Milford.
Patty, b. Jan. 7, 1789, m. Alar. 20, 1814, Henry Adams, Natick.
Polly, b. Jan. 7, 1789, m. Dec. 3, 1818. Jonathan Jones. Orange.
Hitty, b. Dec. 31, 1794, m. Thatcher Colburn, W. Dedham.
Pamela, b. 1799, m. Jesse Newell.
2. George^ (David-, George^), b. May 12, 1782, m. Apr. 7,
t8o8, Hannah, dau. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Battle, b. July
6, 1785. Mr. Cleveland was a public-spirited citizen, and when
the North School district was organized in 1841 he gave the
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land on which the schoolhouse stood. The May election, the
last Wednesday in the month, was always remembered as al-
most every voter took home sheets of "election cake" which
was on sale at the tavern or from bakers' carts. Children:
Hannah, b. i8og, d. 1875.
Mary Ann, b. Nov. 5, 1810, d. Jan. 6, 1868.
(3) William, b. Oct. 4, 1812.
Isaac, b. 1814. d. 1815.
3. William^ (George^, David-, George^), b. Oct. 12, 1812, m.
Sept. 14, 185 1. Mrs. Eliza F. Pickett, dau. William B. Fisher,
Edgartown. He d. Dec. 30, 1870, at Andover. Child:
George C, res. Toledo, Ohio.
Bailey Cobb, b. Dec, 1794, m. 1822, Clarissa, dau. Thomas
and Clarissa (William) Darling, d. Apr., 1884, in Philadel-
phia. He died Oct., 1877. Mr. Cobb was for a number of
years a resident of Dover and owned the Abner L. Smith place
on Farm street. He v;as a respected citizen and a mem.ber of
the board of selectmen. Of his eight children two of them
married as follows :
Caroline S., m. Apr. 10, 1850, William F. Smith, d. May 19, 1861.
Annie Page. b. Aug. 5, 1842, m. May 14, 1863, William F. Smith, d.
June 5, 1865.
I. Danforth^ Colburn (SamueP, Samuel^, Benjamin^, Ben-
jamin^, Nathaniel^), b. Sept. 25, 1771, m. Feb. 2, 1797, Hannah,
dau. Eliphalet and Catherine (Colburn) Baker, b. Nov. 21, 1777,
m. 2ndly, Aug. 27, 1806, Clarissa Coolidge. Mr. Colburn was
descended in the sixth generation from Nathaniel Colburn, who
received a grant of land in Dedham, Aug. 11, 1637. His de-
scendants have long been residents of that part of Dedham
which is now^ Westwood. Mr. Colburn was for some years a
resident of Dover and had one child born here. Child :
Catherine, b. Nov. iS, 1801.
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2. Irving^ (Joseph", Joseph*^, Joseph^, Joseph^, Joseph^, Jo-
seph-, Nathaniel^), b. June 15, 1845, m. Jan. 5, 1876, Emma
Elizabeth, dau. Rufus and Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. July 8,
1840, d. Jan. 4, 1915. ]\Ir. Colburn succeeded to the Rufus
Battelle farm at the foot of Pegan hill street. Child :
Martha Emma, b. Feb. 16, 1879.
3. Martin** (Samuel-', Samuel^, Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Na-
thanieP), b. Aug. 15, 1794, m. Nov. 29, 1819, Charlotte, dau.
John and JMartha (Fuller) Fuller, b. Oct. 11, 1796, d. Apr. 30,
William, m. Cordelia Swift.
Martha, b. Apr. 29, 1823, m. Apr. 3, 1S44, Joseph Colburn.
Lowell, b. July 2, 1825, m. June 17, 1852, Eliza D. Soule.
John^ C. Coombs (Stephen", Simeon-, Elnathan^), son of
Stephen and Gertrude Guile (Bartlett) Coombs, was born in
Sanbornton, N. H., Jan. 22, 1839. He married Mar. 3, 1867
Isabel Frances, daughter of Luther and Betsey (Mann) Rich-
ards, b. Mar. 23, 1837. Mr. Coombs' grandfather, Simeon
Coombs, enlisted in the Revolutionary army at eighteen years
of age. He was a clergyman of the Baptist denomination and
held pastorates in Jamaica, Vt., Middleboro, Mass., Harwich,
Mass. and Hyannis, Mass. He also lectured or preached on
temperance in all of the thirteen original states except two.
On the maternal side, Mr. Coombs' grandfather, Daniel Bartlett,
was in the Revolutionary War and his grandmother, Ruth
(Guile) Bartlett, was a daughter of Major Ezekiel Guile of the
Revolutionary army. Mr. Coombs' father was a clergyman of
the Baptist denomination and held pastorates in Springfield, Vt.,
Lyme, N.H., Sanbornton, N. H., Salisbury, N. H., Harwich,
Mass. and Yarmouth, Mass. He was also a mi; ?ionary for six
years to the Mashpee Indians. Fie died at Concord, N. H. in
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his ninety-sixth year. Mr. Coombs served in the Civil War in
the 15th N. H. regiment, Co. H., N. H. Volunteers; was mus-
tered in Sept. 5, 1862 and discharged Aug. 13, 1863. He en-
gaged in business as merchant and manufacturer for many years.
He lived in Dover for more than twenty years and now lives
in Wellesley. His daughters Alice Gertrude and Grace Irving
Coombs attended the local school and were graduated from
Dana Hall and Wellesley College.
Edward Crosby, m. Apr. 3, 1828, Rachel A., dau. Calvin
Newell. He was for a time a resident of Dover, being in the em-
ploy of Draper Smith, he moved later to Dedham. Child :
Ann, b. Aug. 27, 1830.
1. George- R. Davidson (Samuel^), b. Ayershire, Scotland,
July 7, 1829, m. Agnes, dau. William and Catherine (Chalmers)
Hill, b. Jan. 4, 1839. He died May 9, 1876. Lived on Willow
street, where his widow now resides. Children:
Agnes M., b. Apr. 21, 1861.
(2) Alfred M., b. Feb. 20, i860.
2. Alfred-^ M. (George- R., Samuel^), b. Feb. 20, i860, m.
Apr. 6, 1883, Mary E., dau. Timothy W. and Abigail (Jones)
Hart, d. Apr. 3, 1886, m. 2ndly Feb. 4, 1888, Mary E., dau. Peter
and Sarah (Finnigan) Butler of Hyde Park. He lived in Nor-
folk and Brownville, Conn. He died Apr. 17, 1892. Children :
Mary Agnes, b. Mar. 29, i88g, m. Mowry K. Cooksan, Needham.
Afreda AI., b. Feb. 7, 1891, m. Charles W. Childs. Needham.
I. Ralphs Day (Ralph^, Ralphi), b. Oct. 29, 1683, m. June
30, 1708, Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ellis,
b. 1687, d. July 26, 1715, m. 2ndly Jan. 20, 1716, Martha, dau.
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of Jonathan and Mary (Onion) Battelle, b. Mar. 13, 1691, d.
May 2, 1745. Mr. Day inherited land from his father's estate
and settled on Dedham street at the head of Strawberry hill
street in 1708. This family appeared in the earliest records,
relating to the Precinct and Parish, and is one of honor and
respectability. They are descended from Ralph Day, the emi-
grant, who was born in England, but where and at what date
is unknown. He was admitted a freeman in Dedham January
I, 1645. The bridge across Charles river in the east part of
the town was named for this family. All of the Day settle-
ments in Dover were made on the river and extend from the
bridge west as far as the farm of Frederic H. Curtiss. Chil-
Elizabeth, b. Jan. 27, 1710; m. Jan. i, 1732, John Herring, Wal-
Mary, b. Feb. 7, 1712. m. Oct. 14, 1747, Ezekiel Richardson, Jr.,
Sarah, b. July 20, 1715. m. Apr. 28, 1736. Josiah Eaton, Needham.
(2) Ralph, b. June 19, 1717.
(3) Jonathan, b. Dec. 22, 1719-20.
Martha b. May 26, 1732, d. Jan. 19, 1733.
2. Ralph-* (Ralphs, Ralph"-, Ralph^), b. June 19, 1717, m.
Apr. 26, 1739, Mary, dau. of Eleazer and Mary (Crosby) Ellis
of Dedham, b. Apr. 18, 1719. d. June i, 1761, m. 2ndly, 1762,
Mercy, dau. of Henry and Mary (Morse) Leland of Sherborn.
and widow of Nathaniel Winship of Holliston, d. of "numb
palsy" Mar. 25, 1795.
Mr. Day was a highly respected citizen and prominent dur-
ing the period of the Revolutionary War, representing Dedham
in many important affairs. He was several times elected :i
member of the Dedham board of selectmen. When the First
Parish Church was organized in 1762 Mr. Day was chosen one
of the deacons. He served at the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19,
1775. He lived on the Day homestead on Dedham street. Chil-
Martha, b. Sept. 21, 1740, d. Apr. i. 1763, unmarried.
Ralph, b. Aug. 22, 1742, d. Nov. 14, 1765, unmarried.
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Mary, b. May 20, 1744, m. May 28, 1765, Ithamar Whiting.
(4) John, b. June 15, 1763. His father was paid 30 pounds for his
doing soldier duty in 1780.
Mercy, b. June 2, 1766, m. June 17, 1784, Jonathan Battle.
(5) Ralph, b. Nov. 17, 1768.
3. Jonathan^ (Ralph^, Ralph2, Ralphi), b. Dec. 22, 1719, m.
July 7, 1743, Hannah, dau. of Ebenezer and Abigail (Allen)
Battle, of Dedham, b. May 31, 1721, d. Mar. 7, 1775, m. 2ndly,
Sept. I. 1784, Prudence, dau. of Ebenezer and Dorothy (Child)
Draper and widow (i) of Capt. Ebenezer Battle, and (2) of
Joshua Whiting of Dedham, d. Sept. 4, 1807. He d. at Oxford.
Jan. 4, 1802. Mr. Day settled on that part of his father's farm
which is now owned by George D. Burrage on Dedham street.
He sold his fanti in 1779 and went to Oxford. He served at
the Lexington Alarm in 1775. Was a selectman in Dedham for
several years. Called to Boston, Aug. 30, 1774, to serve as a
grand juror, but like other patriots of the time, refused to serve
in open court. Children :
Jonathan, b. May 4, 1744, settled in Dudley.
Hannah, b. Apr. 30, 1746, m. Aug. 3, 1773, Samuel Dix, Needham.
Ebenezer, b. Oct. 12, 1747, settled in Needham.
Thomas, b. Jan. 25, 1749, d. Jan. 25, 1749.
Sarah, b. Sept. i, 1751. m. Apr. 25, 1771, John Mayo, Oxford.
David, b. Feb. 25, 1753, res. Franklin and Oxford.
Rebecca, b. Sept. 7, 1754, m. May 26, 1789. Peleg Corbin, of Thomp-
Olive, b. Aug. 31, 1757, d. young.
Jabez, b. June 15, 1759, d. young.
4. JohnS (Ralph*, Ralph^, Ralph^, Ralph^), b. June 15, 1763,
m. May 12, 1786, Lois Stimson, d. July 18, 1812. He died 1845.
He settled on that part of his father's farm on Dedham street
which was owned by the late Daniel Richards. After selling
his farm he moved to Needham. The reason is sometimes
asked why in a farming community so many small pieces of
land exist, often walled in and remote from road or leading
way. It often happened in the early time, when the ownership
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of real property was was a prerequisite for voting, that young
men becoming of age were given small pieces of land to enable
them to qualify as voters. In this way some pieces of wood
land, still in possession of descendants, were acquired in this
vicinity. Children :
John, b. Dec. 14, 1786, d. 1831, in Conn., unmarried.
Mary, b. Nov. 8, 1789, m. June 8, 1808, Thaddeus Bullen, Needham.
Lucinda, b. Mar. 6, 1793, m. Aaron Smith, Hopkinton.
Hannah, b. , d. 1831, unmarried.
5. Ralphs (Ralph4, Ralph^ Ralphs Ralphi), b. Nov. 17,
1768, m. Dec. II, 1792, Sarah, dau. Josiah and Sarah (Wilson)
Fisher, of Dedham, b. June 6, 1770, d. Feb. 16, 181 5, m. 2ndly,
Nov. 28, 1816, Hannah, dau. Abel Wright, of Providence. He
died Sept. 27, 1845. Mr. Day lived on the homestead, which
he sold, and moved to Cambridge. He was a carpenter by trade.
The Hon. Amos Perry of Providence once related his discour-
agement in measuring his ability with young Day, in the First
Parish Sunday School. The class consisted of eight or nine
boys, who had for a teacher Ebenezer Newell. It was Mr.
Newell's custom to assign passages of scripture to be committed
to memory and repeated the following Sunday. The ability of
Day to commit a whole chapter of the Bible, and repeat it ver-
batim, was a marvel to young Perry, who aspired to a college
education, but who found it difficult to learn by heart. Mr.
Perry illustrated how nature makes up for deficiencies in one
direction by giving powers in another. He had the faculty of
finding places and directions by written descriptions of them.
When visiting Jerusalem for the first time, he was enabled to go
anywhere in the city without a guide, as he could locate streets
and places from memory of maps and pictures which he had
seen. Children :
Sarah, b. Dec. 13, 1793. m. .A^pr. 24, 1820, Aaron D. Mayo, Roxbury.
Betsey, b. May i, 1796, m. -A.pr. 24, 1820, Joseph Converse, Boston.
Josiah F., b. June 19, 1798.
Pamelia. b. Feb. 7. 1800. m. Adolphus B. Converse, Boston.
Ralph, b. Sept. 6, 1801, settled in Cambridge.
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Luke^ Dean, b. May 29, 1750, m., 1771, Rebecca Russell, who
died in 1824. He died Mar. 18, 1825. The crumbling cellar of
the homestead of the Dean family can be seen today on the
grounds of the Powisset Club Association.* A single rose bush
tells the pathetic tale that this spot, now devoted to pleasure and
amusement, was once a happy home where merry children
played, and where their parents met the cares and duties and
responsibilities of daily life. Here the fire of patriotism burned
in a patriot's heart as Luke Dean on more than one occasion
served his country in the Revolution. Standing today on the
grounds of the Powisset Association, the arch of the firmament
above and the groves which were God's first temple around, the
stillness broken only by the song of birds, what emotions arise
as one mentally contemplates the life of the patriots who dwelt
in this vicinity a hundred years ago. Thomas Larrabee, whose
Revolutionary service as a member of Washington's Life Guard
has been often recalled, lived but a short distance away. Around
the fireplace of that crumbling home, now the property of the
town, he related his experience at Valley Forge, where, during
the long winter he tried as a cobbler to mend the officers' shoes.
We can imagine him describing the condition of the American
Army in that bleak December weather with only the cold frozen
ground to sleep upon, without straw or blankets ; three thou-
sand sick, out of an army of thirteen thousand, half clothed
and half fed soldiers. Beyond on Strawberry hill lived Jabez
Baker, Samuel and Ephraim Wilson, Daniel and David Fuller,
Josiah Richards, with seven sons, all of whom took part in the
Revolution. Southward were the homes of the Cheneys, Tis-
dales and Herrings, all of whom were builders of the nation.
Around these firesides, as well as in the camp, these patriots
must have sung that lyric which was on every tongue in 1776.
'Discontinued as a club a few years since.
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Hark! hark! the sound of war is heard.
And we must all attend :
Take up our arms and go wath speed
Our country to defend.
Truly this is sacred ground,* and of the many who go in and
out how few recall the lives and deeds of these patriots. Chil-
Rebecca, b. Nov. 4, 1776. m. May 27, 1802, Artimas Adams.
Cate, b. Sept. i, 1778, m. Abner Atherton, Dedham.
Richard b. May 10, 1781, m. Calla Herring, Dedham.
Betsey, b. Apr. 6, 1783, m. Abner Atherton (2nd wife).
Polly, b. Jan. 16, 1786. m. Simeon Plimpton.
Joseph, b. Apr. 14, 1788, d. yoiuig.
Faxon, b. Sept. 8, 1791, went South and died there.
Hannah, b. Feb. 25. 1794. m. 1810, John W. Adam.s, Medfield.
Roxy, b. Mar. 4. 1797.
Colburn, b. June 23, 1799, m. Temperance Blake. He d. in Framing-
ham in 1864.
John C, b. Mar. 13, 1801. believed to have died young.
2. Joseph^ (Joseph^, Joseph^, Johni) was descended from
John Dean, who with his wife, Sarah, appeared in Dedham in
1676. He m. Dec. 11, 1734, Hannah, dau. John and Sarah
(Whiting) Baker, b. Jan. 10, 1713-14. Children:
Joseph, b. July 17, 1735.
Caroline, b. Mar. 19, 1737.
Luke, b. May 29, 1750.
I. Martin^ Derby (Martin^, Abner*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^.
Edward!) , b. Oct. 13, 1826, m. Oct. 8, 1851, Ann F., dau. Rufus
and Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. Aug. 4, 1830. This family is
descended from Edward Derby, who was in Taunton in 1701.
Mr. Derby came to Dover from Weymouth in 1849; he
worked at his trade, that of a boot maker, and for a year was
*Often called Dunklin hole.
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in business with his cousin, Abner L. Derby. He returned with
his family to Weymouth in 1855. Children:
Isabelle F.. b. July 31, 1852, m. 1874, Joseph F. Burrell.
Irving B.. b. Aug. 9, 1859, d. Mar. 17, 1879.
Alvan P. b. Feb. 10, 1862, res. Natick.
2. Abner*^ L. (Abner^, Abner^, Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Ed-
ward^), b. Aug. 24, 1827, m. Oct. 8, 185 1, CaroHne N., dau.
Sherman and Hitty (Newell) Battelle, b. Sept. 12, 1827. Mr.
Derby was in business as a grocer here for some years. In 1859
he removed to Elmira, New York, and in 1889 settled at River-
side, California. Children :
Monroe N., b. June 16, 1853. d. Jan. i. 1856.
Eugene A., b. June 30, 1857, d. May 18, 1880.
Carleton W., b. July 28, 1868.
I. Andrew Dewing first appeared in Dedham in 1646, in
which year he was received into the church and also made a
freeman. He is believed to have come to America from Lin-
colnshire, England. His only settlement in Dedham seems to
have been on the Clay brook road, about a mile east of the In-
dian settlement at South Natick. The site of his house can still
be seen near the picnic grounds of the late Benjamin N. Sawin.
When he moved to what is now Wellesley in 1669, he sold his
farm to Thomas Battelle and it became the original Battelle
homestead in Dover. Mr. Dewing was a member of the An-
cient and Honorable Artillery Company and a minister to the
South Natick Indians. He m. Lydia , d. Oct. 13, 1651, m.
2ndly, Nov. 10, 1652, Ann Donstall. He died Sept. 16, 1677.
John. b. Jan. 16, 1649, d. in infancy.
John, b. July 19, 1651.
Andrew, b. Dec. 26, 1655.
Rachel, bapt. June 27, 1658.
Lydia, b. about 1660.
Jonathan, b. Apr. 3, 1663.
Ann, bapt. May 6, 1666.
Deborah, b. Oct., 1668.
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1. James- Draper (Thomas^), b. 1618, m. Apr. 21, 1646,
Miriam, dau. Gideon and Grace (Eastwood) Stanfield of Wads-
worth, Yorkshire, b. Nov. 27, 1625, d. Jan. 1697. He d. in Rox-
bury in July, 1694. Mr. Draper came with his wife to America
about 1650 and first settled in Roxbury. Later (1656) he took
up his residence in that part of Dedham which is now Dover,
but subsequently returned to West Roxbury, where he and his
wife are buried. He sold his farm in Dedham to his son John
in 1688, which contained 216 acres, with all the timber, build-
ings and fences, bounded on the south by Medfield and on the
north by Natick. This estate was long in the family, and a part
of it was occupied by his lineal descendant, the late George
Draper Everett, on Farm street. This old and prominent fam-
ily is descended from Thomas Draper of Heptonstall, Vicarage
of Halifax, Yorkshire County, England. Mr. Draper was a
clothier and fuller there, or one who manufactured cloth and
fulled it ready to be made into clothes. Children :
Miriam, b. Heptonstall, England, Feb. 7, 1646-7. said to have m.
Susanna, b. Roxbury about 1650, m. 1668, John Bacon, Charles-
Sarah, b. Roxbury, 1652, m. May 19, 1669, James Hadlock.
James, b. Roxbury, 1654, d. Roxbury, Apr. 30, 1698.
(2) John, b. Dedham, June 24, 1656, d. Apr. 5. 1749.
Moses, b. Dedham, Sept. 26, 1663, d. Boston, Aug. 14. 1693.
Daniel, b. Dedham, May 30, 1665, m. Elizabeth Brackett, res.
Patience, b. Ro.xbury, Aug. 17. 1668, m. Ebenezer Cass, Boston.
Jonathan, b. Roxbury, Mar. 10, 1670, d. Roxbury, Feb. 28, 1746-7.
2. John^ (James-, Thomas^), b. June 24, 1656, m. Sept. 3,
1686, Abigail, dau. John and Mary (Eaton) Mason, b. Aug. 6,
1659, d. Jan. 26, 1704, m. 2ndly, June 12, 171 1, Judeth Rogers,
d. Mar. 30, 1730. m. 3rdly, Nov. 26, 1730, Elizabeth Mason,
widow of Joseph Mason and dau. Joseph and Mary (Fair-
banks) Daniels, b. 1679. ^^ ^^^d April 5, 1749. Soon after
his marriage Mr. Draper purchased the Dedham farm, which
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was located on Farm street, and included the farms of Chester
A. Hanchett, the late George D. Everett, and other lands. The
original house was on the south side of the farm near the Med-
field line. This old house, like many others, had a cellar whicii
was unventilated and the stale air unmoving and unmoved could
not be breathed without danger. Under these conditions farmers
who worked in their cellars in sorting fruit and vegetables al-
ways came out with a bad cold, whereas if they had first
shoveled away the banking from the closed doors and admitted
fresh air for a few hours before entering they would have ex-
perienced no injurious effects. They had not learned what is
now common knowledge that cold air which is stirring cannot
injure or affect any one. Children by first wife :
Abigail, b. Dec. 1686. m. Jan. 19, 171 1, John Battle.
Susanna, b. Aug. i, 1687, m. John Plympton, Medfield, m. 2ndly,
Stephen Sabin, Medfield.
(3) John, b. Feb. 20, 1690, d. Apr. 13. 1766.
Mary, b. Oct. 22. 1693, d. Aug. 25, 1700.
Hannah, b. Aug. 7, 1695, d. Aug. 24, 1700.
(4) Joseph, b. June 3, 1699.
James, b. Jan. 29, 1701, d. Jan. 7, 1719.
Mehitable, b. Jan. 14, 1704.
3. John'^ (John^, James^, Thomas^), b. Feb. 20, 1690, m.
Sept. 18, 1724, Maria, dau. Thomas and Abigail (Martin)
Hall of Dedham, b. May 8, 1701, d. Apr. 13, 1766. Mr. Draper
built a house on land which belonged to his father on Springdale
avenue, which was later owned by William Whiting. The
original house on this farm, removed about forty years ago, was
always banked for winter to keep the cold winds out. In the
spring the leach barrel was always in evidence and in summer
the open doors gave a draft of cooling air which made the room?
comfortable. The huge fireplace piled high with logs made the
atmosphere of the living room as warm as possible in winter.
Beside the fireplace was the brick oven where the Thanksgiv-
ing feast was cooked, a process characterized by a rare skill that
has been handed down from generation to generation by New
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England housewives. While there were no celery plumes to
grace the table, there was an abundance of cranberry sauce
made from berries gathered in the meadow near at hand. Last
but not least was an abundance of cider made from native ap-
ples which had a flavor and color unknown to the present gen-
eration in Dover. The thrift of the housewife was shown m
the saving of the turkey's wings, which were used durmg the
year in dusting by the most immaculate housekeepers. The
brick Indian tepee, which Laurence Mmot has built on this
old farm is of especial interest as it carries one back to the time
when Indian wigwams were as numerous in the town as are the
houses today. Every detail of this house corresponds to that
of the frail Indian shelter of former days. The large circular
living room-twenty-four feet in diameter-occupies two-thirds
of the house, in which there are four windows and two glass
doors looking out on the surrounding country. In the centre ot
the room is the bed for the camp fire which is so arranged that
the smoke escapes from the chimney-flue at the apex ot the
tepee, thirty-two feet high. When the logs are piled high m the
centre of the room the perfect current of air carries the smoke
straight up through the chimney in a thin line, visible to those
about the fire, as it was in the Indian wigwam. The conical-
shaped ceiling of the room is a beautiful sky, a rich dark blue,
in which a myriad of stars twinkle just as they do on the i8th
of March in each year, the day selected by Mr. Minot as his
model. The various constellations— the big dipper, the little
dipper the north star, Orion and other stars are all there in
perfect reproduction. Aside from the tepee room fireplace
everything is electrically equipped. Electrical radiators are in
every room. A large electric range is in the kitchen. Every-
thing is so arranged that by turning a switch in Mr. Minot's
sleeping room the heat begins to generate in the electric radi-
ator the stove in the kitchen begins to warm up, and an hour
later everything is warm and cosy. When Mr. Minot closes the
front door of his tepee, after a week's end, it starts an auxiliary
electric appliance working at a very low voltage, whereupon all
the cold water in the house becomes lukewarm. Thus on the
coldest day in winter the place will not freeze up. Children :
(5) John, b. Aug. 8, 1725, d. Feb. 3, 1805.
,^, ^lary, b. July 7, 1727, m. Oct. 31, 1754, Samuel Burrage, Newton.
(6) Thomas, b. June 26, 1732.
Moses, b. June 29, 1734, d. Feb. i. 1741.
Jonathan, b. Apr. 18, 1737.
Maria, b. Aug. 27, 1739.
Susanna, b. Mar. 12, 1748, res. Newton.
Abigail, b , m. Mar. i, 1763, Alexander Shepherd. Newton
Joseph b. .
4. Joseph-i (JohnS, James^, Thomas^), b. June 3, 1699, m.
Jan. 27, 1725, Deborah, dau. Samuel and Deborah (Lovell)
Ellis of Medfield, b. 1700. Mr. Draper built a house on his
father's land on Farm street, which was owned by the late Wil-
liam Slavin. Here Mr. Draper lived and reared his family.
Deborah, b. Jan. 23. 1727, m. May i, 1753, Nathaniel Smith,
Hannah, b. Aug. 25, 1728.
Olive b Nov. 17, 1729, m. Oct. 12, 1749, John Gay, Natick.
(7) Joseph, b. June g, 1731.
(8) James, b. Feb. 20, 1732, d. Apr. 6, 1785.
Sarah, b. Nov. 9, 1735.
5. JohnS (John-i, John^, James^, Thomasi), b. Aug. 8, 1725,
m. Oct. 3, 175 1, Abigail, dau. John and Elizabeth (Currig)
Cheney, b. Aug. 20, 1727, d. Oct. 6, 1809. Mr. Draper lived on
the homestead on Springdale avenue. He died Feb. 3, 1805.
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 15, 1752.
Moses, b. Feb. g, 1754, settled in Boston.
Lydia, b. May 22, 1756, m. Oct. 11, 1776. Benj. Wright. Medfield.
(9) Josiah, b. Aug. 2, 1758.
(10) Aaron, b. Jan. 13, 1761.
(11) Daniel, b. Feb. 20, 1763.
Abigail, b. May 2, 1765.
Miriam, b. 1766, m. Oct. 13, 1797, Josiah Knowlton, Sherborn.
Mary, b. June 12, 1767, m. 1787, Silas Bacon.
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6. Thomas^"* (John"*, Johir^, James-, Thomas^), b. June 26.
1732, m. May 14, 1766, Lydia, dau. of John and Lydia (Bur-
rage) Cheney, b, Feb. i, 1741. He lived on the John Draper.
Jr., place on Farm street, which was long since abandoned.
Esther, b. July 26, 1767.
7. Joseph"' (Joseph^, John^, James-, Thomas^), b. June 9,
1731, m. Mar. i, 1759, Lydia, dau. Michael and Abigail Bacon,
b. Dec. 21, 1734. Mr. Draper built the house and settled on that
part of the original Draper farm which is now owned by An-
drew J. Peters on Farm street.
His son Enoch settled on the Natick side of Pegan hill and
purchased in 1792 the Thomas Ellis farm, a part of which has
remained in the family to the present time. This farm was
once a home of Thomas Pegan for whose family or tribe the
hill was named, and from whom the early settlers secured their
titles. The name Pegan hill appears in the Dedham records as
early as 1681, and was probably given to the hill in the early
settlement of the town. Children :
Deborah, b. Dec. i, 1759, m. Capt. David Morse, Sherborn.
Enoch, b. May 8, 1763, m. June 12, 1788. Hannah Clark, Sher-
(12) Michael, b. ]\Iay Q, 1765, d. Apr. 18, 1825.
Joseph, b. Nov. 8, 1767, d. Oct. 6, 1770.
Cato, b. Oct. 4, 1770.
(13) Joseph, b. Oct. 15, 1773. d. Warwick. Jan. 12. 1855.
8. James'"' (Joseph"*, John-^, James-, Thomas^), b. Feb. 20,
1732, m. Apr. I, 1767, Lois, dau. John and Rachel Adams of
Wrentham, b. Jan. 12, 1740. She married 2ndly Ebenezer Bat-
telle and died Aug. 28, 1818. He d. Apr. 6, 1785. Mr. Draper
lived on the homestead on Farm street near Springdale avenue.
Chloe, b. Mar. 15, 1768. d. Aug. 17. 1776.
James, b. Nov. 21. 1771, d. Nov. 18, 1789.
Mehitable, b. Oct. 18, 1773. d. Sept. 19. 1775.
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(14) Lois, b. Oct. 26, 1776, m. Mar. 25, 1797, Jesse Draper.
William, b. Feb. 12, 1780. Graduated at Harvard, 1803, res. Pon-
9. Josiah6 (John^, John^ JohnS, James^, Thomasi), b. Aug.
2, 1758, m. Keziah Knowlton, b. 1765, d. Oct. 13, 1843. Mr.
Draper purchased land and cleared the farm on Center street
owned by the late John McKenzie. Children :
Polly, b. July 4, 1788, m. Feb. 14, 181 1, Elnathan Hammond,
Bridgewater, N. S.
(15) Moses, b. Oct. 29, 1792, d. Apr. 2, 1885.
Abigail, b. Mar. 28, 1802, m. Dec. 14, 1826. Willard Mann.
TO. AaronG (John^, John-^, John^, James^, Thomas^), b. Jan.
13, 1761, m. Dec. 30, Martha Little of Dedham. Mr. Draper
lived on the homestead on Springdale avenue. Children:
Moses, b. July 24, 1815. res. W. Dedham.
Aaron, b. June 17. 1818.
Mary E., b. June 22, 1819, m. Apr. 25, Isaac Collier.
Lucy, b. Apr., 1822.
Lydia, b. July 15, 1824.
11. Daniel« (John^, John^, John^, James^, Thomasi), b. Feb.
20, 1763, m. May 14, 1793, Namur. dau. Joseph and Hannah
Dean, b. May 24, 1774. d. Sept. i, 1833. Moved to West Ded-
ham. Child :
Sally, b. Dec, 1793, d- Aug. 11, 1795.
12. Michael« (Joseph-"', Joseph-t, JohnS, James^, Thomasi), b.
May 9, 1765, m. May i, 1794, Hannah, dau. Jabez and Hannah
(Morse) Baker, b. Apr. 26, 1773, d. Jan. 6, 1822. He d. Apr.
18, 1825. Mr. Draper occupied the farm on Farm street which
was settled by his father in 1759. It should be no matter of
surprise that these farmers were strong men; the church was
never better supported, the social life never excelled, the town
was never better governed, and considering their resource the
appropriations were never greater for education, roads and pub-
lic improvements. "The work of the farmer is a school of
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mental discipline. He must watch the elements, must under-
stand the nature of the soil he tills, the character and habits of
the plants he rears, the character and disposition of each animal
that serves him as a living instrument. Each day makes large
claims on him for knowledge and sound judgment He is to
apply good sense to the soil. Now these demands tend to foster
the habit of observation and judging justly, to increase thought
and elevate the man." Children :
(i6) Charles, b. Jan. 7, 1795, d. May 9, 1852.
Hannah, b. Sept. 10, 1797, m. Apr. 3, 1823, Alexander Soule.
Mary. b. Sept. 21, 1801, d. Feb. 28, 1839.
Eliza, b. Feb. i. 1806, m. Feb. 3, 1828, Jabez Everett.
13. Joseph^ (Joseph^ Joseph^, JohnS, James^, Thomas^), b.
Oct. 15, 1773, m. Jan. i, 1801, Anna Field, b. June 8, 1775, d.
Oct. t6, 1838. Moved to Warwick, where he died. Jan. 12,
1855. He lived on the homestead on Farm street. Children :
Anna. b. Sept. 28, 1801, m. Sylvanus Ward, Warwick.
Harriet, b. May 6, 1803, d. Feb. 14, 1820.
Ira, b. June 11, 1805, d. Aug. 24, 1882, Bellows Falls, Vt.
Catherine F., b. Warwick, Feb. 8, 1814. m. Joseph Pierce, Warwick.
14. Jesse« (Joseph^, Daniel-^, Daniel^, James^, Thomas^), b.
Feb. 26, 1 77 1, m. Mar. 25, 1797, Lois, dau. James and Deborah
(Ellis) Draper, b. Oct. 26, 1776. He lived on his wife's father's
place on Farm street, owned by the late William Slavin. In
1821 Mr. Draper sold his farm and moved to Southboro. He
died July 31, 1833. Children:
James, b. May 3. 1798, m. Lucy Dana.
Caroline, b. Apr. 21. 1800.
Jesse, b. Aug. 20, 1802.
Joseph, b. 1804. m. Maria Houghton.
William, b. May 8, 1806, m. Anna Morrison.
Lucinda, b. July 13, 1808. m. Nathaniel Dunbar.
Francis, twins, b. Jan. 28, 181 1, m. Sarah Simmons.
Frances Ann, twins, b. Jan. 28, 181 1.
Hannah Smith, b. Oct. 17, 1813, ^- William Plympton, Walpole.
Daniel Adams, b. Sept. 23, 1818, res. Natick.
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15. Moses' (Josiah^, John^, John^, John^, James-, Thomas^),
b. Oct. 29, 1792, m. Dec. 2, 1819, Maria, dau. Daniel and Betsey
(Leonard) Wilbur of Medfield, b. 1798, d. Sept. 9, 1871, m.
2ndly Mrs. Ann E. Hussey, dau. Hazen and Betsey A. Spencer,
b. 1810, d. Feb. 15, 1887. He d. Apr. 2, 1885. Mr. Draper lived
on the Leighton farm on Centre street, which was originally a
part of his father's estate. Children :
Elizabeth, b. June 7, 1821, m. Albert Mann.
Leonard, b. Jan. 7, 1823, m. Caroline Chickering.
Alfreda, b. Jan. 17, 1825, d. Apr. 11, 1825.
Maria, b. Jan. g, 1827, d. Oct. 23, 1828.
Anna Maria, b. Mar. 29, 1830, m. Nov. 30, 1848, Oliver E. Mann.
Adeline b. June 5, 1834, m. ist, Simeon Macdonald of N. S. Chil-
dren by 1st marriage Arthur L., b. Feb. 22, 1857; Flora J., b. Sept.
3, 1861; George W., b. Oct. 10, 1869, d. June 22, 1879; m. 2ndly
William Schofield of N. S.
16. Charles" (Michael*^, Joseph**, Joseph^, John-^, James-,
Thomas^), b. Jan. 7, 1795, m. 1821 Nancy, dau. William, Jr., and
Sarah (Blackman) Everett, b. Jan. 1792, d. Dec. 17, 1876. She
m. 2ndly, Clement Bartlett. He died May 9, 1852. Mr. Draper
lived on the Woodward farm on Strawberry hill. Children :
Nancy Everett, b. Mar. 19, 1822, d. Sept. 3, 1845.
Harriet Everett, b. Jan. 24, 1825, d. Sept. 24, 1825.
Sarah Everett, b. Feb. 8, 1831.
17. Joseph' (Daniel*", John-^, John"*, John^, James-, Thomas^),
b. Aug. 5, 1796, m. Nov. 19, 1818, Polly, dau. Phineas and Lucy
Colburn, b. Apr. 14, 1792, d. 1866. He d. Jan. 19, 1838. Mr.
Draper lived in Medfield for some years after his marriage,
where he carried on the business of making and fulling cloth.
He subsequently sold the business and moved to Dover, where
three of his children w^ere born. Mr. Draper later took up his
residence in West Dedham. His daughter, Lucy Ellis, m. Apr.
20, 1853, Dr. Frank H. Kelley of Worcester. Dr. Kelley was
for several terms ]\Iayor of Worcester and a practicing physician
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in that city for many years ; author of "Reminiscences of New
Hampton, New Hampshire," his native town. Children:
Ellis Dwight, b. Medfield, Aug., 1819, d. Norwood, Dec. 21, 1887.
Mary, b. Medfield, Feb., 1821, m. S. R. Leland, Worcester.
Joseph Loring, b. Medfield, 1823, ni. Hattie Bowne, Sandwich.
Francis William, b. Medfield, Apr., 1825, d. West Dedham, 1845.
Lucy Ellis, b. Dover, Sept. 3, 1828, m. Dr. F. H. Kelley, Worcester.
Rufus Heminway, b. Dover, Feb. 3, 1830, m. May 4, 1871, Charlotte
S. Lyman, Dubuque, la.
George Dean, b. Dover, Jan. 2, 1832, d. May 7, 1866.
Sarah Noyes, b. W. Dedham, I^Iar. 18, 1834. ni. June 5, 1856, Louis
I. Theodore- Dmm (WilHami), j^ [^ Boston, Feb. 7, 1813,
m. May 16, 1838, CaroHne M., dau. Samuel Howe and Eliza
(Brazel) Babcock, b. Nov. 28, 1818, d. May 22, 1893. He d.
Sept. 18, 1896. Air. Dunn's father was Dr. William Dunn, who
was appointed a surgeon in the United States Navy in 1799.
He founded a firm of apothecaries at 71 Cornhill, of which
Melvin & Badger are the successors. Theodore Dunn entered
Yale College, from which he was transferred to Trinity Col-
lege. He left college one year before graduation on account of
ill health. He made one or two voyages to India for his health
before going into business. He was a member of the firm
founded by his father. In 1841 he moved to Jamaica Plain and
resided there with his family until 1858, when he moved to
Dover. He was an alderman in Roxbury and a member for
many years of the West Roxbur}^ school committee. He rep-
resented Dover as well as Roxbury in the General Court. He
was a member of the Dover school committee and superin-
tendent of schools for several years. He always took an active
part in town meetings and often led in debate. None of his chil-
dren were born here but all have been identified in various ways
with the town. Children :
Adelaide M., b. Oct. 12, 1839, d. Sept. 13, 1840.
Theodore L., b. Dec. 22, 1840, res. Portland, Maine.
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Caroline M., b. Mar. 29, 1842. m. June 26, 1867, Ansel K. Tisdale.
Wilham G., b. Sept. 15, 1846, d. Jan. i, 1847.
Sarah Elizabeth, b. Oct. 15. 1847.
Helen M., b. May 9, 1850, m. Sept. 25, 1872, Theodore F. Tones.
Charles N., b. Apr. 22, 1853, m. May 11, 1882, Eleanor N. Sturtevant,
res. St. Paul, Minn.
fGeorge R, b. Nov. 2, 1856, d. May 19, 1893.
tThe following residents of Dover have attended the Mass. Inst, of Technology:
George F. Dunn, Daniel Comiskey, Charles G. Paine.
Lutheri Eastman, b. 1799, m. Jan. 18, 1830, Olivia, dau.
Aaron and Mehitable (Smith) Whiting, b. 1789, d. Feb. 18,
1851. He d. Aug. 6. 1847. Mr. Eastman came to Dover from
Connecticut. Aaron Whiting built for his son-in-law the present
house and barn on the farm occupied by the late Theodore Dunn
on Springdale avenue. Mr. Eastman was interested in town
affairs and was a member of the board of selectmen. He set out
the row of beautiful shade trees on Springdale avenue east of
his residence. Children:
Adelaide O., b. July 26, 1831, d. Apr. 7, 1833.
Mary Anna A., b. Nov. 3, 1833, d. June 21, 1858.
I. Eleazei-s Ellis (Richard^, Samueli), b. Jan. 1663, m. May
27, 1690, Mehitable, dau. John and Mary (Wood) Thurston of
Medfield, b. 1667, d. Apr. 24, 1749. He d. Dec. 25, 1730-1. Mr.
Ellis lived on Haven street, east of George E. Chickering's farm.
The Dover Ellises are descended from Samuel Ellis, who, with
his two sons, John and Richard, emigrated to America about
1635. John Ellis settled in Medfield, while his brother Richard
made his home in Dedham. When Richard Ellis died the m-
ventory of his real estate contained land in "Springfield" and
"Powisset." His son Eleazer settled here, probably at the time
of his marriage in 1690. His house was located on Haven
street, east of George E. Chickering's. He may have owned
more than one house, as the inventory of his property speaks of
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"his buildings and housing." "Housing" was sometimes used
as the pkiral of house. The ElHses were prominent in all pre-
cinct and military affairs; in the organization of the First Parish
Church, and in the Revolution. This family represented as
fully as any other certain phases of colonial life, which may
well be referred to here. In the early time each farm house
was a factory, where the homespun clothing was manufactured
for the family. Happily, once a year the itinerant tailoress
entered to cut garments ; and the shoemaker to make a stock of
cowhide boots and shoes from leather so thoroughly tanned
that when it was greased with tallow, as was the universal cus-
tom, it was impervious even to snow water. In this house fac-
tory there was made, from grease, and the ashes leached at the
door, a supply of both hard and soft soap for the family. In
the fall a year's supply of candles were dipped from tallow.
The "buttery" was a reality, and here in the sweet June days
was salted down a winter's supply of butter. In the fall the
milk was used in the manufacture of cheese, and long rows of
cheeses were daily buttered and turned. In the early winter
the pig killing, with the pickling of meats, the making of
sausages, and the trying of lard, made this Puritan home a
house of industry. On the garret floor were spread to dry the
chestnuts, the butternuts, the hazel nuts, the shagbarks and hick-
ory nuts, which had been gathered for the winter's supply. The
bark of the butternut and sassafras was used for coloring
woolen garments, as dyeing was a branch of this house factory.
Hung upon the garret rafters were herbs for medicines, gath-
ered while the herbs were in bloom ; tansy and sage for head-
ache and fever, saffron for measles, thoroughwort for colds and
coughs, together with roots and barks which were used for
rheumatism and the purifying of the blood. In the fall this
little home factory was employed in apple drying, and the mak-
ing of pickles. The kitchen was adorned with strings of dried
apple, crookneck squashes and seed corn. The year's supply of
beans stored in the garret should not be overlooked, as they
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furnished no small part of the food supply of a New England
family. In the chaise house was a supply of the purest and
strongest cider vinegar, drawn from large casks, which in the
spring received the remnants of the cider left in the many bar-
rels which had been emptied by the family during the winter.
The meal room was furnished with a large chest with apart-
ments for rye, Indian and other meals, with facilities for sifting.
The various rooms were spoken of as the "back room," "middle
room," "front room," "bed room," "little room," "little cham-
ber," "front chamber" and "front entry." The old colonial house
abounded in cupboards, tall, spacious cupboards extending from
floor to ceiling, low, deep cupboards for kettles and pans, cup-
boards over the fireplace for medicines and other articles, cup-
boards in the corner of the rooms were often called buitets. The
demand for cupboards must have appealed to the imagination of
man. Larger accommodations were often provided by adding to
the house as the family increased a "bed room," "back kitchen"
or front "stoop." In the "out door work," as it was called, flax
was grown and sheep raised to meet the demands of the family ;
the farmer was simply a grower and producer for the house.
Fields were cleared and planted to meet the demands of the
home, for wood, flax, vegetables and cereals.
Rocks were dug and stone walls made while the farmer was
waiting for other work. In the fall the farmer with his boys
threshed the grain, dressed the flax, husked the corn, drew home
the year's supply of fuel, and went to Boston to exchange the
little surplus for a few needed articles for the family. He took
his food with him and fodder for the horse. One of the older
boys was usually taken along to give him a glimpse of life in
the great city. In this severe toil we must not forget the boy
who rode the plough horse, and the girl who bleached the linen
in the broiling sun as it lay spread upon the grass and must be
watered every hour. The aged grandmother sits in the corner
and knits, while the farmer and his wife illustrate Yankee in-
dustry and ingenuity. Thrift was synonymous with work, and
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they looked about to find no better way for getting a living.
They made the little money which they possessed by bargains
A great transition came in the life of the farmer in the distri-
bution and exchange of commerce and the introduction of fac-
tory made clothes. The commerce abroad demanded ships for
carrying purposes, and this created a demand for the native
growth of timber for ship building. With the introduction of
factory made clothes the bang of the spinning wheel was
silenced in the house forever. The demand for ship timber
and the exchange of produce created a demand for sugar, mo-
lasses and other articles, so the use of dry and West India goods
sprung up. Butchers commenced to slaughter and to make regu-
lar rounds with dressed beef and mutton. All of these condi-
tions added to the comfort and the pleasure of the home. While
we have lost the old neighborly sympathies of life we have
gained great possibilities of culture and adornment. The early
settlers were accustomed to drink, and the price of beer was
regulated by law. It was brewed from barley malt. In time
beer gave way to cider. It was some time before apple orchards
flourished in New England, as much of the territory is farther
north than the natural latitude of the apple. In 1728 a barrel
of cider was worth $1.20, and cost less than a barrel of corn.
Old cider had strong intoxicating properties, but in time gave
way to rum, which became the favorite beverage and was con-
sumed in large quantities as the drinking of beer and cider had
created an appetite for it. New England rum gradually gave
place to Jamaica rum, in the introduction of West India goods.
In the evolution of strong drinks whiskey has largely displaced
rum. Gin and brandy were sold by the gallon, bottle and glass.
In country stores, and among the people generally, credit was
universally given and rarely abused, as all were intimately
acquainted with one another. Children :
(2) Josiah, b. Sept. 13, 1691.
(3) Eleazer, b. Sept. 23. 1692.
Mehitable, b. May 13, 1695, m. Dec. 4, 1716, Henry Dewing,
David, b. Aug. 24, 1696, d. Sept. 9. 1696.
David, b. Jan. 10, 1697-8, d. Feb. 8, 1697-8.
(4) Benjamin, b. Nov. 14, 1699.
(5) Caleb, b. Dec. 31, 1703.
(6) Joshua, b. Dec. 31, 1703.
2. Josiah^ (Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b. Sept. 13, 1691,
m. Dorcas . He d. June i, 1751. Mr. Ellis settled in
1728 on the George D. Hall farm on Walpole street. Children:
Priscilla, b. May 25, 1729.
Elizabeth, b. Aug. 22, 1732, m. Joseph Blake, Keene, N. H.
Kezia, b. July 20, 1737.
Josiah, b. Mar. 3, 1739-40.
Mary, b. Mar. 29, 1742, m. Abijah Metcalf, Keene.
Estha, b. , went, to Keene.
Dorcas, b. , m. 1752, Jesse Clarke, Keene.
3. Eleazer^, Jr. (Eleazer^^ Richard-, Samuel^), b. Sept. 23,
1692, m. Jan. 5, 1718, Mary Crosby of Billerica. He died in
1745, and is buried in Dover. His farm was the Caryl place on
Dedham street. Children :
Mary, b. Apr. 18, 1719.
Mehitable, b. Sept. 14, 1720.
(7) Timothy, b. Sept. 14, 1724.
Hannah, b. Mar. 10, 1726-7.
Eleazer, b. Mar. 9, 1729-30.
Rachel, b. July 19, 1733.
Eleazer, b. Aug. 31, 1735.
William, b. Apr. 23, 1738, m. Feb. 18, 1763. Mehitable, daughter
of Joshua and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ellis. He settled in Keene,
4. Benjamin'* (Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b. Nov. 14,
1699, m. Jan. 28, 1728, Eleanor, dau. Robert and Submit Cook
of Needham, b. Feb. 2, 1707-8. He died Mar. 31, 1750. Mr. Ellis
owned the Coughlan farm on Walpole street, where he settled
in 1728-9. Children:
Eleanor, b. Jan. 4, 1729-30, m. Apr. 4, 1751. Noah Weld, Roxbury.
Benjamin, b. June 20, 1731, d. Apr. 28, 1750.
Robert, b. Feb. 7, 1732-3.
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5. Caleb-^ (Eleazer^, Richard"-, SamueP), b. Dec. 31, 1703.
m. May 20, 1736, Hannah, dan. Henry and Hannah Pratt of
Needham, b. Mar. 16, 1714- She m. 2ndly Jabez Wood. He d.
1740. Caleb ElHs inherited, with his brother Joshua, the home-
stead and hved in the house of his father on Haven street. Chil-
Hannah, b. Feb. i, 1736-7, m. Apr. 11. 1754- William Whiting.
Julietta, b. Apr. 2, 1739- m. May 21, 1766, Enoch Ellis, Walpole.
Benjamin, b. May 17, i75i-
Joshua, b. Jan. 22, I753-
Elizabeth, b. May 22, i755-
Julietta, b. May 23, 1757-
Eleazer, b. Oct. 11, 1760.
6. Joshua^ (Eleazer-, Richard-, Samueli), b. Dec. 31, 1703,
m. EHzabeth Fisher, d. Jan. 17, 1785. He d. 1783. Joshua EUis
was a deacon in the Needham Church and was also promment
in the organization of the Dover First Parish Church. The site
selected for the first meeting house was a part of the Ellis es-
tate and was probably donated by Dea. Ellis, as he gave the land
adjoining on the north for a schoolhouse. He was moderator of
the first Parish Meeting held Jan. 4, 1749, he was also elected the
first Parish Clerk. In the selection of Mr. Joseph Manning, in
1758, and Mr. Benjamin Caryl in 1762, to settle over the parish
as their minister, he was a member of the committee chosen to
acquaint them of the fact. We can think of Mr. Ellis as pre-
senting a striking and venerable appearance with his queue,
knee buckles and shining silver shoe buckles. He exerted for
many years a strong and moulding influence on the affairs of the
Parish. Children :
Ebenezer, b. Oct. 5, I733, d. May 10. I743-
EHzabeth, b. Feb. 27, 1734-5. d. Feb. 25. 1735-6.
Betty, b. May 30, 1736, m. Timothy Richardson, FrankUn.
Abigail, b. Apr. 19, 1738, m. Zenas Morey, Charlton.
Meletiah, b. Aug. 25, i739, d. 1782.
Mehitable, b. Jan. 8, 1741-2, m. William Ellis.
Caleb, b. Nov. 26. 1742, d. Feb. 21, 1742-3-
Rebecca, b. July 30. 1744, d. Oct. 21, i745-
Joshua, b , d. Apr. 20, I74S-
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Mercy, b. July 5, 1749.
Mary, b. Aug. 12, 1750.
Rebecca, b. .
7. Timothy''' (Eleazer^, Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b.
Sept. 14, 1724, m. Elizabeth. He lived on his father's farm on
Dedham street, and about 1763 moved to Keene, N. H., where
he was one of the most prominent men of the town. Children :
Timothy, b. Jan. 5. 1746-7.
Caleb, b. Mar. 2, 1748-9.
Arthur^ Brewster Emmons, M. D. (George^, Nathaniel',
SamueF', Samuel'"^, Nathaniel^, NathanieF, Samuel-, Thomas^),
son of George Beale and Mareta (Davis) Emmons, was born in
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 9, 1875. He is descended from Thomas
Emmons, who was in Newport, R. L, in 1638 but removed to
Boston where he was admitted a freeman in 1652. All of Dr.
Emmons' paternal ancestors have lived in Boston. He was edu-
cated in St. Louis, St. Paul's School, Concord, and was grad-
uated from Harvard in 1898, Harvard Medical School in 1902.
After four years in hospitals he spent a year in study abroad
and one year in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He mar-
ried Sept. 15, 1909, Louise A., dau. of William and Louise (An-
derson) Hickok at the old Anderson house, Bradford, Pa. In
1909 Dr. Emmons settled in Boston, specializing in obstetrics.
A love of the country induced Dr. and Mrs. Emmons to move
to Dover in 1912. Their home, 'Tvnowlwood," was built in
Arthur Brewster. 3rd., b. Aug. 30, 1910.
Orville Hickok, b. Feb. 5, 1913.
I. Jabez"^ Everett (William^, William^, William*, William^
John2, Richard!), b. Mar. 27, 1799, at South Dedham, now
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Norwood, m. Feb. 3, 1828, Eliza Draper, dau. of Michael and
Hannah (Baker) Draper, b. Feb, 6, 1806, d. Mar. 6, 1831, He
d. June 28, 1 83 1. Mr. Everett was descended from Richard
Everett, whose name first appears as a witness in the signing of
the deed conveying the lands in and about Springfield from the
Indians to William Pynchon, Henry Smith and Jehu Burr, July
15, 1636. He was for several years in the employ of Pynchon
and was called his "trader." No definite information has been
obtained of his arrival in New England, or from what part of
England he came. It has been claimed without stating the au-
thority that he and his wife Mary came in the same ship with
John D wight who came here from Dedham, England, in 1644-5,
and for whom it is believed the town of Dedham was named.
Previous to his second marriage, in 1643, to Mary Winch, he di-
vided his time between Dedham and Springfield, but after their
marriage he lived in Dedham. He attended the first recorded
meeting of the proprietors of Dedham in August, 1636. He was
made a freeman in 1646 and from this time on he served as a
town officer and was on many town committees frequently being
called to lay out lots.
Jabez Everett was a farmer and lived with his father-in-law,
Michael Draper, on Farm street. Child :
(2) George Draper, b. June 24, 1829.
2. George'^ D. (Jabez''', Willian/', William^, William*, Wil-
liam^, John^, Richard^) b. June 24, 1829, m. June 23, 1861, Mar-
tha A., dau. Micajah S. and Betsey (Haskell) Plummer, b. Aug.
17, 1838, in Nevv' Gloucester. Maine. He d. Mar. 4, 1904. Mr.
Everett held important town offices, including the board of
selectmen and town treasurer. He had for many years a hay,
flour, grain and grocery business at his residence on Farm street.
Mrs. Martha Plummer Everett was for ten years Superintendent
of Dover Schools. Mrs. Everett has been much interested in
public affairs, especially in women's rights, of which she has
been a strong advocate. Sarah Eliza graduated from the Nor-
Noanet Brook, near which Noanet had his zvigzvam
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mal Art School, Boston, in 1883. Martha Elizabeth graduated
at Smith College in 1888. Children :
Sarah E.. b. May 13, 1862, m. Jan. i, 1883, John M. Humphry.
Martha E., b. Nov. 16, 1863, m. June 26, 1888, Rev. Charles E. St.
Edward P., b. Sept. 2, 1865, d. July 2, 1869.
Charles C, b. Sept. 11, 1871, res. San Francisco, Cal.
George O., b. Mar. 6, 1874, d. Dec. 15, i8gi.
Benjamin-^ Partington (Jesse-, Benjamin^), b. July 27, 1827,
m. Nov. 27, 1850, M. Louise, dau. Edward Blake and Julia F.
(Crane) Emmons, b. June 17, 1830, d. Feb. 20, 1892. He died
August, 1900. Mr. Farrington bought the original John Bat-
telle farm on Main street in 1867, moving here from West
Roxbury. He had a milk business in connection with his
farm. Children :
Eva L., b. Dec. 18, 1852, m. 1883, Wm. A. MacDonald.
Frederick E., b. Feb. 18, 1855, m. May 21, 1881, Lucy G. Berry.
Mary L., b. Aug., 1858, m. 1876, P. A. Batchelder.
Sarah R., b. Aug., i860, m. 1879, Wm. A. Reed.
Julia B., b. Feb. 11, 1864, res. Nantucket.
Charles E., b. August, 1870, m. June, 1892, Harriet A. Brown.
Note— Ichabod Farrington and Samuel Farrington were residents of the Parish
at the time of the Revolutionary War.
Note — Several members of the Fairbanks family were residents of the Spring-
field Parish at different times, but none continued to live here. Aaron and Benja-
min, both descended from Jonathan Fairbanks, who came from England to Boston
in 1 63 1, and settled in Dedham in 1636, lived here. Aaron was a member of the
Springfield Parish Company of Minute Men under Capt. Ebenezer Battle, which
marched at the Lexington Alarm. He settled in 1779 in Stoddard, N. H. Benja-
min, who was in the Springfield Parish in 1781, was probably a son of Benjamin of
the Dedham 3d Parish.
John- Henry Faulk (Frank^), was born Jan. 7, 1864, being a
son of Frank and Sarah Elizabeth (Kirk) Faulk, m. Feb. 14,
1891, Clarabel, dau. Martin Van Buren and Ruth (Terry)
Ruland, b. Nov. 20, 1867. Mr. Faulk is of Dutch descent, his
ancestors having settled in the Mohawk valley. New York, be-
fore the Revolution in which they took a prominent part; his
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paternal grandfather was shot at Fort Herkimer by an Indian
with a poisoned arrow. Mr. Faulk's great great grandfather,
Col. Small, was killed at the Battle of Oriskany and buried at
Fort Herkimer. Mr. Faulk came to Dover to engage in poul-
try farming; he is town clerk, a position which he has held
since 1909. Children:
Dorothy, b. Sept. 11, 1893, m. Nov. 15, 1916, Henry Clinton Woodard,
Terry Ruland, b. July 26, 1901.
Perez"^ L. Fearing (Israel^', Shubal^, James*, John^, Israel^,
John"^), son of Israel and Elizabeth (Gushing) Fearing was b. in
Hingham. June 26, 181 1, m. Oct. 27, 1833, Margaret J., dau.
Robert and Elizabeth (Hersey) Corthell, b. Jan. 18, 1807, ^■
Aug. II, 1875. Mr. Fearing was descended from John Fearing,
who was in Hingham as early as 1635. He is said to have
come from "Cambridge in Old England." He was a man of
prominence and held many positions, in the town, of trust and
responsibility. He was for many years a deacon in the Hing-
ham Church. Perez L. Fearing, who was a cooper by trade,
moved to Dover in 1852. At first he worked at farming in the
summer and followed his trade in making buckets and repair-
ing wooden ware in the winter; later he devoted all his time to
his trade. After a few years, however, he went into the wood
business and sold his prepared wood in the Boston market.
After a time he returned to Hingham. His son, Perez F., en-
listed in the Civil War from this town and died in the service.
Lydia A., b. Aug. 24. 1835.
George W., b. Aug. 16, 1837.
Margaret J., b. Mar. 9. 1839, rn- Andrew W. Bartlett.
Ellen E., b. Jan. 18, 1840.
Perez F., b. Aug. 19, 1842.
Martha W.. b. Feb.. 1844, d. Sept. 18. 1846.
Washington I., b. May 28, 1846.
Martha L., b. Jan., 1848, m. John Howe, West Springfield.
Edwin W., b. May 9. 1851.
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I. Josiah^ Fisher (John*, Joshua^, Joshua-, Anthony^) b. in
Medfield, Dec. 9, 1692, m. Dec. 4, 1716, Hannah, dau. Ehsha and
Hannah (Metcalf) Bullen, b. June 28, 1697, d. Nov. 16, 1765.
He d. Apr. 2'i^, 1781. This family is descended from Anthony
Fisher who lived in Suffolk County, England, on the south bank
of the Waveney River in the Parish of Syleham on a freehold
estate called "Wignotte." He m. Mary Fiske who belonged to
an old Puritan family of England, which suffered much during
the religious persecutions of Queen Mary's reign. Two of their
children, Anthony and Joshua, came to New England with their
families. Anthony arrived here in 1637 and Joshua in 1640.
They settled in Dedham. Joshua was a blacksmith and went to
Medfield in the settlement of that town in 1650. Anthony re-
mained in Dedham, where he d. in 1669. Both brothers had
descendants who lived in Dover and were prominent in the af-
fairs of the town and parish. Four members of the family repre-
sented the parish in the Revolution. Josiah Fisher owned the farm
on Bridge street, near the corner of Farm street. Here was
represented the colonial life of past generations. The horseblock
stood under a large spreading elm in front of the house and was
a conspicuous object until removed a few years since. Although
unnamed on early maps of the town, the brook which runs
through this farm and enters Charles River^ was called in a
transfer of real estate in 1772 Fisher's brook. This name should
be permanently affixed to this stream. Mr. Fisher was a good
farmer and owned a fine farm, but did not mingle much with
the people of the parish, as he naturally went to Medfield, the
place of his birth, for trade and post-office facilities. His grand-
son, Fisher Allen, inherited the estate. Children :
Hannah, b. June 4, 1717, m. Dec. 4, 1740, Seth Dwight.
Miriam, b. Oct. 26, 1720, m. Noah Allen, d. June 23, 1757.
Josiah, b. Oct. 20, 1725, d. Nov. 6, 1725.
Jonathan, b. Oct. 8, 1729, d. Oct. 19, 1729.
Abigail, b. Aug. 7, 1733, d. Aug. 15, 1733.
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2. Samuels (John^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony^, Anthonyi) b. at
Needham, Aug. 5, 1711, m. Mar. 29, 1744, Sarah Whiting, d.
Aug. 28, 1748. He m. 2ndly Aug. 14, i75h Mary, dau. Samuel
and Mary (Harding) Chickering, b. Apr. 13, 1724, d. 1779-80.
He d. Nov. 16, 1757. Mr. Fisher remained on the Powissei
farm, with his father-in-law, Samuel Chickering, which was later
inherited by his wife. Children :
Sarah, b. Oct. i, I745, d. Aug. 24. 1748.
Hannah, b. i747, d. Aug. 20, 1748.
Mary, b. Nov. 25, I752.
Sarah, b. Dec. 20, 1754- m. Jan. 4, I774, Henry Tisdale.
(3) Samuel, b. Jan. 11, I757-
3. SamueF (Samuel^, John^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony2, An-
thonyi) b. Jan. 11, i757, m. 1782, Abigail, dau. Asa and Besiah
(Fisher) Mason of Medfield, b. 1759, d. Sept. 6, 1843- He died
Apr. 14, 1822. Mr. Fisher was a captain in the militia. He
purchased the Ebenezer Newell farm at Dover centre, now
owned by Eben Higgins, and moved from Powisset. He was a
prominent citizen and a large land holder. At one time he owned
a tract of land which included all of Powisset and numbered
nearly five hundred acres, all of which he tried to enclose with
a stone wall. At one time Mr. Fisher refused $30,000 for the
lumber on his estate. He considered the land so valuable that
his opposition to the Hartford turnpike caused it to be built
much further south than was the original plan. Capt. Fisher
erected a saw mill on Powisset farm which was of much utility
to himself, and a great convenience to his neighbors, and the
farmers of the surrounding territory. Mr. Fisher was public
spirited and a leader in town affairs. He sent two sons to Har-
vard. George Fisher was a very brilliant debator and held the
people spellbound by his eloquence in town meeting. He was
admitted to the bar and practiced law in Boston and Detroit.
Capt. Fisher was very hospitable and always held out a standing
invitation to all who remained for the afternoon service of the
First Parish Church to come to his hquse during the noon hour,
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and eat bread and cheese. He was truly one of the fathers of
the town and was looked up to by young and old. The early
settlers had to endure not only hardships and privations in mak-
ing new homes in the wilderness but to guard against foes as
well. They were all exposed to attacks from the Indians. The
General Court of Massachusetts early provided for the proper
protection of the people by requiring every town to provide a
safe and convenient place to store powder and ammunition. At
first the meeting house in Dedham was used for this purpose,
later the town provided a "Powder House." We are all inter-
ested in the Dedham Powder House, which was erected in 1766
and is still standing. As the property of the Springfield Parish
aggregated nearly one-fojurth of the assessed property of the
town, which was taxed to build the powder house, we have a
lively interest in it. The report of a Dedham committee says :
So thoroughly is the Powder House identified with the social
life of the community, that it has come to be regarded as almost
a sacred spot, dear not only to the present dwellers in the village,
but to sons and daughters of Dedham, now scattered through
the length and breadth of the land. Dover had her powder house,
too, which was built in 1800 and stood on a rock fifteen feet
square on Walpole street. This rock was presented to the town
by Capt. Samuel Fisher. Children :
Samuel, b. Dec. 12, 1783, graduated from Harvard in 1810, ad-
mitted to Suffolk Bar, 1813, d. May 8, 1826.
Abigail, b. Feb. 24, 1785, m. June 3, 1807, Timothy Allen, Jr.
(4) George, b. July i, 1786, m. 1810, Hannah Smith Walpole.
Isaac, b. Feb. 19, 1788, d. Apr. 10, 1791.
(5) Charles, b. Oct. 25, 1789.
Lucy, b. Oct. 19, 1791, d. Sept. 27, 1793.
Mason, b. Aug. 29, 1793. graduated from Harvard in 1813, d.
June 24, 1816.
Sally, b. June 5, 1795, d. July 18, 1795.
(6) Nathan M., b. Mar. 12, 1799, m. Elizabeth Champney.
4. George^ (Samuel", Samuel^, John^, John^, DanieF, An-
thony2, Anthonyi) b. July i, 1786, m. Jan. i, 181 1, Hannah, dau.
Isaac and Mary (Richards) Smith of Walpole, b. Feb. 18, 1790.
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He d in New Orleans Sept. 25, 1831. Mr. Fisher was a con-
tractor and built a section of the Erie Canal near Rochester, New
York, also built a part of the Boston mill dam. Children :
Isaac Newton, b. Oct. 2, 1812, m. Susan Bruce, res. West Seneca,
Ge^rg^' Washington, b. June 29, 1814, m. Mary J. Acer of Pitsford,
Mason Adams, b. Aug. 7, 1816. d. in ^847. Rochester, NY.
Hannah Ann. b. Lyons, N. Y.. Sept. 26, 1821, m. Alfred Elhs ot
Walpole. She died Mar. 8, 1888.
5 CharlesS (Samuel', Samuel^, John^, John^ Daniel^ An-
thony"-^, Anthonyi), b. Oct. 25, 1789, m. 1812, Ruby Wilson, dau.
Joseph Wilson of Ashford, Conn. He died July 19, 1821. She
m 2ndly Sept. 21, 1823 Seth Chapin of Dedham, m. 3dly Jere-
miah Jones, and d. in Medfield, Sept. 13, 1881. He had land from
his father's farm at Powisset on which he built a house east ot
the homestead, the cellar of which can still be seen. His son
Nathan was a prominent temperance reformer and an anti-
slavery agitator. He moved to the far west. Children:
N-ith-^n M b Feb 23, i8n, m. Elizabeth C. Boyden, Wajpole. _
Sards w/b." Apr. 2^, 1817: m. Mary N. Blake, went to Cahforma
in the earlv fifties.
Charles, b. Dec. 25, 1819, d. 1901.
Samuel, b. Sept. 26. 1821. , r^ ,1 ,,
Sally, b. , m. Mr. Boyden of South Dedham.
6 Nathans ^I. (Samuel', Samuel^, Johir", John^, Daniel^, An-
thony^, Anthonyi) b. Mar. 12, i799, m- Feb. 21, 1821, Elizabem
Gray dau. William and Elizabeth (Ingersoll) Champney. He
died May 15, 1834. He was a trader, and lived on the Powisset
The people of this generation, with adequate household serv-
ants hard floors and vacuum cleaners, do not know the ordeal
of house-cleaning of our forefathers, when on the Monday fol-
lowing Easter the work began. While most housekeepers dio.
their own cleaning with soap and water, step-ladder, scrubbing
brush and tack hammer, yet there were usually in all neighbor-
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hoods strong-armed women who went out to "clean by the day."
When the house-cleaning begins, as a recent writer has said,
"all the books are taken off the shelves and stacked in an upper
chamber; the cabinets, tables, chairs, divans and pictures are
stacked in the middle of the room, as if this were a blockhouse
when the Hurons had hit the warpath. Meals are eaten off the
mantlepiece. At night beds are shared with bags of winter cloth-
ing done up for summer storage and smelling vilely of camphor.
For once, the children are glad to go to school and not sorry
if they have to 'stay after.' There is only one job more heart-
breaking (and back-breaking) than the taking up of a carpet,
and that is putting one down. To have spent five minute stretch-
ing a breadth and then, with eyes popping, cheeks puffed and
mouth too full for utterance, to see the hammer just 11 inches
out of arm's reach, is no plight for an irritable man. These are
the tragedies of house-cleaning." Children :
Elizabeth J., b. Sept. 10, 1823, m. Charles C. Henshaw, Boston.
James Otis, b. June 30, 1825, m. Melissa Sherman, res. Rochester.
Abigail M., b. Oct. 16, 1827, m. Henry W. Clarke. Boston.
Joseph^ (Joseph^, Josiah"^, Josiah^, Josiah^, Anthony-, An-
thonyi) b. in Dedham May 17, 1739, m. Mar. 8, 1764, Mary, dau.
Edward and Mary (Allen) Everett, b. Dec. 10, 1739. He died
Dec. 2, 1790. She died in Concord, Oct. 21, 1822. Children:
tjesse, b. Feb. 2, 1765, res. Fitzwilliams, N. H.
Joseph, b. May 24, 1767, d. Dec. 26, 1790.
Chloe, b. Mar. 10. 1771, m. Sept. 3. 1789, Joseph Richards.
Edward, b. in Natick, Feb. 18. 1781. res. Newton.
7. John'^ (John*^ John^, John*, DanieP, Anthony^, Anthony^)
b. Nov. 4, 1744, at Needham, m. Dec. 17, 1767, Mary, dau. Sam-
fFrom a pamphlet entitled Reunion of the Fisher Family held at Grinnell, Iowa,
Aug. 28, 1878, we quote the following: "About the year 1798 our grandfather,
Jesse Fisher, moved up from Massachusetts or .Southern New Hampshire into the
woods of Vermont and settled in what is now the town of Baltimore. He was a
man of tremendous energy, but of little culture, and was principally engaged in
hewing down forests and in making his farm a fit abode for civilized man." — Fisher
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uel and Sybil Metcalf. He died May 24, 1778, without issue.
His farm was on Centre street near Fisher bridge.
8. Jesse6 (Jeremiah^, John^ DanieP, Anthony2, Anthonyi),
b in Needham, Jan. 17, 1741-2, m. Oct. 31, I775, Lois
dau Samuel and Sybil Metcalf. He m. 2ndly Sept.
19 1792, Jerusha, dau. Joshua and Esther (Lheney)
Armsby of Medfield. He died June 30, 1816. Moved to Brewer,
Maine. He lived on the farm near the "new mill" where Fred-
erick Barden was born but which has long since been abandoned.
Some beautiful elm trees planted by Mr. Fisher still grow near
the ruins of the celler of the old homestead. Children:
Polly b Feb. 22, 1776. m. Mar. 28. 1805. Asa Howard, Needham.
Patty, b. Aug. I, 1777, m. 1818, Samuel Cobb. ^,.^,
Sally, b. June 29, I779, m. June 3. 1804, Amasa Howe, Dedham.
Jesse, b. Jan. 6, 1784.
Ebenezer, d. Dec. 3, 1794, aged 10.
Prudence, b. May 14. 178-, d. smgle.
9 Joseph^ (Jeremiahs, john^ Daniel^, Anthony^, Anthonyi)
b. in Needham Aug. 5, I735, m- Dec. 5, 1765, Elizabeth, dau.
John and Elizabeth (Woodcock) Farrington, b. Mar. 25, i745,
d Dec. 4, 1824. He died Apr. 23, 1827, at Neediiam. Bought
the Jesse Fisher farm off of Dedham street, where he lived for
a time. Children :
Joseph, b. July 22, 1766, settled in Vermont
Paul b Jan 2, 1768. m. Priscilla Mason, Medfield.
Caleb, b. April 9. I770, m. Mary Plimpton.
Moses b. Feb. 16, 1772. m. May 10, 1798, Patty Allen.
Silas, b. April 4, i774, d. Jan. 19, i776.
Silas, b. July 20, 1776. m. Jane Kelsey, res. Vermont.
Bette, b. Mar. 17, 1778.
Hannah, b. July i, 1781.
Benjamin, b. Dec. 9, 1783-
Cynthia, b. Nov. 30. 17S6.
Prudence, b. Mar. 20, 1789, d. Mar. 20, 1811.
10. WilliamG (Jeremiah^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony2 An-
thonyi) ,vas born in Needham Feb. 20, 1739-40, m. Jan. 23, 1772,
Mehitable, dau. Samuel and Sybil Metcalf. He served at the
Lexington alarm, also at Dorchester Heights. In I773 l^e bought
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ninety-six acres of land near what is known as the New Mill
and cleared a farm. He sold his farm in 1787, since which time
he has not been traced. Children :
Mehitable, b. 25, 1773.
William, b. Aug. 6, 1775.
William, b. Feb. 11, 1777.
Jeremiah, b. Apr. 2, 1779.
Nathanielis Fiske (Davidi2, JohnU, Johnio, Nathaniel^ Na-
than^, Nathaniel, William^, Robert'', Simon^, Simon^, William-,
Symondi) b. Mar. 9, 1767, m. May 9, 1798, Abigail, dau. of
Fisher and Rachel (Smith) Allen, b. Oct. 12, 1774, d. Mar. 12,
1862. He d. Feb. 25, 1832. The Fiskes trace their English de-
scent to Symond Fisk, Lord of the Manor of Stradhaugh, who
lived in the reign of Henry IV and Henry VI, 1399-1422. Na-
thaniel Fiske was born in Holliston, but settled in Dover at the
time of his marriage. He was a successful farmer and owned
the Charles F. Lyman farm on Farm street. Mrs. Fiske sur-
vived her husband many years, and recalled and used to relate
the experiences of the people during the almost total eclipse of
the sun in 18 16, when the fowls went to roost at midday and
many thought the end of the world had come. The great blow
in 1815. which laid low the forests, was also recalled by Mrs.
Fiske, as well as the cold summer which had a frost every month
in the year. The cornfields did not yield their increase and fam-
ilies sat by the fire during summer evenings. Noah Fiske, when
a lad, entered a grocery store in Boston and learned the art of
"wetting the codfish and putting sand in the sugar." When he
entered the employ of the Boston grocer he had never seen any
coffee, his family having used a substitute. He was probably
early initiated into the custom of retailing rum and w^hiskey,
which was sold by the gill, pint and quart in all grocery stores.
In after years he kept a country store in Medfield and one in the
west part of Dover, and continued the universal custom of sell-
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ing New England rum. Noah Fiske taught the district school
near his home, mended the quills and built the school-house fire.
He was for many years town clerk and an honored and respected
citizen. He proclaimed aloud, as required by law, the banns in
the First Parish Church. Just before the service began he arose
and announced, "There is a marriage intended between Mr. John
A. Blank of Dover and Miss Anna Blank of Medfield." Such
notices had to be repeated three Sundays in succession.
Noah Fiske married Anna, dau. of Dr. Elias and Kezia
(Harding) Mann of Medfield. Mrs. Fiske was passionately
fond of children, although none blessed her home, she was
"aunty" to the whole neighborhood. It was her delight to sup-
ply the school children with fennel and flowers. Aunty Fiske
was the last one of the old ladies of the town to practice what
was once a universal habit, the taking of snufif. On an occasion
of surprise or excitement, she would involuntarily draw the snuff
box from her pocket and take a pinch of snuff. Some fine sam-
ples of snuff boxes are still found in Dover homes.
The West School was supplied with water from the Fiske
well for more than a half century. Usually two boys, wdio were
on good terms with one another, would manage to get permis-
sion from the teacher to go for a pail of water in school time.
When the boys returned some Isright little boy or girl would ask
permission to pass the water, and in this way the thirst of the
children was satisfied. Often the luckless youth would stumble
over the protruding foot of some big boy and in consequence
lose his recess. At the time of Mr. Fiske's death in 1877, the
old homestead contained a large number and great variety of
implements used in the domestic arts of the colonial period. Had
they been preserved they would have made a fine collection for
the rooms of the Dover Historical Society. Recognizing different
phases of local history, for the purpose of correlation in teach-
ing history in our schools, we would here record that: "In every
war in which the United States has engaged, save that with
Spain, an element of the population has been in oi^position. The
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Revolution produced the Tories; the war of 1812 its 'bluelight
FederaHsts' ; the Mexican War its 'bloody-handed whigs,' and the
Civil War its 'Copperheads.' All of these factions have existed
in this town. Children :
Noah, b. Aug. 2(i. 1799, m. 1829, Anna Mann of Medfield, b. Dec. 11,
1801, d. May 31, 1881. He d. Sept. 13, 1877.
Sally, b. Nov. 23, 1800, d. June 16, 1866.
Josiali F., b. Feb. 6, 1802, d. Mar. 31, 1829.
Nathaniel, b. Dec. 23, 1803, d. Apr. 30, 1857. Killed by falling from
the pole of an oxcart.
David"^ Fuller, (David^, Thomas-, Thomas^) b. Dec. 6, 1731,
m. Mar. ^'j, 1755, Elizabeth, dau. Thomas and Grace (Wads-
worth) Dean, b. Dec. 25, 1732, d. Dec. 26, 181 7. He d. Apr. 28,
1805. David Fuller was the first of the name to settle in Dover;
he was descended from Thomas Fuller, who is first mentioned
in the Dedham records in 1642. Thomas Fuller was a prominent
man and served the town in many ways. He was a selectman
for fourteen years, and represented the town in the General
Court for three terms. He was interested in education, and in
1672 contributed £5 to Harvard College. He took charge of
the town's ammunition, and served on various committees.
David Fuller was born in Needham, but settled on Strawberry
hill the year of his marriage, 1755. A part of his farm had been
in the family for many years previous, having been bequeathed
to the children of Ensign Thomas Fuller, the emigrant, by Mar-
garet Kingsbury, an aunt of his wife, Hannah Flower, of whom
little is known. This land remained in the family until purchased
in 1824 by Arnold Wight. Mr. F'uller built the house a year
previous to his marriage, which is still standing, with its large
open fireplaces around which the family so long gathered. He
was commissioned a lieutenant in the militia. He was at the
Lexington Alarm and served the parish on important committees
during the Revolution. His son Daniel, although a lad of only
15 years, is said to have been a drummer boy in Capt. Daniel
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Whiting's company in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He later served
in the army, and was a revolutionary pensioner. He was present
at the execution of Major Andre. Soon after his marriage in
1786, he moved to Francestown, New Hampshire. He discov-
ered on his farm a fine soapstone quarry which is said to have
produced the finest soapstone in the world. Prof. Jackson, the
distinguished geologist, said : "The Francestown stone, for color,
beauty and evenness, surpasses all other soapstones known." His
singular good fortune and his reputation for generous and hon-
orable dealing gave him high standing and not a little local celeb-
rity. Children :
David, b. Dec. 5, 1755, d. Oct. 6, 1760; killed by the falling of a
log of wood.
Elizabeth b. Sept. 13, 1758, m. Dec. 18, 1799, Wm. Frecland,
Daniel, b. Nov. 6, 1760, m. Abigail Eaton, removed to Frances-
Abigail, bapt. Nov. 14, 1762, m. Seth Fuller, Francestown.
(2) David, bapt. Oct. 7, 1764, m. Sally Gay.
Catherine bapt. June 11, 1769, m. May 27, 1795, Reuben Green-
Rebecca, bapt. May 3, 1767, d. June 28, 1805.
Hannah, bapt. Oct. 14, 1771, m. June 3, 1790, Thomas Kimball,
Joseph, bapt. July 3, 1774, m. Achsa Greenwood. Removed to
2. David^, (David*, David-'', Thomas-, Thomas^) b. 1764, m.
1786, Sally, dau. Daniel and Thankful (Morse) Gay of Dedham,
b. Jan. 12, 1764, d. Nov. 8. 1852. He d. Aug. 19, 1824. Mr.
Fuller was a farmer and inherited the homstead on Strawberry
hill. His daughter, Sally Gay, was a very hard working woman,
and before her marriage earned money with which to erect the
marble monument which stands on her father's lot in Highland
Cemetery, marking the graves of her father and mother and
brothers and sisters who are buried there. Children :
Moses, b. Feb. 20, 1787, m. Elizabeth Cutler, d. in Franklin, Apr.
Clarissa, b. Apr. 30, 1789, m. Timothy Adams, Medway.
Spencer, b. Aug. 8, 1791, m. Sally Wilson, d. in Needham, Sept. 27,
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Martha, b. Nov. 17, 1793, d. unmarried. May 10, 1816.
Daniel, b. Apr. 4, 1796, m. Julitta Haven, d. at Forest Hills, Dec.
David, b. Aug. 16, 1798, m. Harriet Herring, d. Dedham, Sept. 14, 1835.
Sally Gay b. May 4, 1801, m. Amos Allen, d. Medway, Jan. 10, 1875.
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 27, 1804, m. Willard Shattuck, died California.
Timothy, b. Aug. 10, 1806, m. Deborah E. Baker, d. Lincoln, Maine,
Aug. 21, 1882.
Juliana, b. Nov. 7, 1809, d. unmarried, Jan. i, 1839.
William W. Gannett, b. 1820, m. Oct. 10, 1848, Charlotte K.,
dau. Rev. Ralph and Charlotte (Kingman) Sanger, b. Aug. 17,
1822, d. Aug. 2, 1871. Mr. Gannett made his home in Dover for
a time with his father-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Sanger, where one
cf his several children was born. Mr. Gannett was a member of
the firm of Parker & Gannett, proprietors of a widely known
agricultural warehouse in Boston. Child :
George P. S., b. Feb. 18, 1856.
Stephen Gay, b , m. 1787, Silence Merrifield of Milton.
He lived on a farm long since deserted near the home of Thomas
Larrabee on Strawberry hill. Mr. Gay served in the Continental
Army. Descendants of John Gay who emigrated to America
about 1630 and subseq'uently settled in Dedham appear in the
early Dover records. Ezra Gay's name appears in the petition
for the organization of the First Parish Church in 1748, but he
seems to have left the parish soon after its organization. Chil-
Catharine, b. Oct, 15, 1788.
Abigail, b. June 16, 1790.
Olive, b. Jan. 26, 1792.
George, b. Nov. 8, 1794.
Sally, b. Nov. 16, 1796.
Hannah, b. Apr. 20, 1799.
Leonard, b. 1784, m. Pamelia, dau. Jonas and Lydia (Frost)
Cutter of Cambridge, b. Feb. 25, 1794, d. May 4, 1866. He died
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Feb. 28, 1855. Air. Gay settled in Dover, on the Clay brook road,
about 1830. He moved here from Needham, his native place.
He was a farmer and a respected citizen. Children :
Samuel D., b. Dec. 16, 181 1, res. Pepperell.
(2) Francis G., b. Nov. 30, 1813, m. Hannah Thorpe.
Albert C, b. Feb. 16, 1824, res. San Francisco.
Lucinda P., b. Jan. 5, 1819, m. Apr. 20, 1838, James R. Fisher,
Julia A., b. June 13, 1821, m. William Battelle.
Caroline C, b. Nov. 2, 1827, m. George M. Tileston, Hunting-
ton, L. I.
Lydia M., b. Feb. 9. 1829, m. Henry Smith, 1850.
Adaline C.. b. Oct. 7, 1831, m. 1849, John M. Brown.
2. Francis G.- (Leonard^) b. Nov. 30, 1813, m. Dec. 3, 1839,
Hannah, dau. Ira and Catherine (]\Iimroe) Thorp, b. in Athol,
Aug. 9, 1816, d. Mar. 5, 1869. He d. June 5, 1879. Mr. Gay
was born in Needham but came with his father to Dover and
lived on the homestead now owned by E. F. Phelps on the Clay
brook road. Children :
Parnel Maria, b. Sept. 10, 1840, m. Dec. 31, 1863, Geo. W. Gutter-
Edwin Francis, b. Apr. 22, 1844, d. Jan. 28, 1869.
Eugene, b. Dec. 14, 1847, d. Aug. 23, 1850.
Edna Lisette b. Jan. 13, 1852, m. Apr. 14, 1874, Edwin F. Bacon.
DanieH Gookin (Richard^ Daniel^, Daniel^) b. Jan. 13, 1725-6,
m. Dec. 24, 1761, Hannah Child. She died May 7, 1769, m.
2ndly, Dec. 12, 1771, Mrs. Susanna Whiting, m. 3rdly, Mar. 4,
1784, Finis, dau. William and Hannah (Chenery) Peters of Med-
field, b. 1749, d. Putney, Vt., about 1816. He died April 25, 1806,
and is buried in Highland Cemetery. He was descended from
Maj. Gen. Daniel Gookin of Cambridge, who first made a visit
to Virginia when a lad of only 9 years. In 1644 he removed to
Boston and then to Cambridge, which place he represented in
the General Court. After the capture of Jatnaica, Cromwell in
1655 made a determined effort to colonize it with people from
New England. While on a visit to England. Daniel Gookin was
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selected to accomplish this mission. Although the enterprise
failed, it was not the fault of the person selected. Gookin ar-
rived in Boston Dec. 30, 1655, charged with the commission to
acquaint the New England Governor of the capture of Jamaica
and of Cromwell's desire to settle the island with people "who
knew and feared the Lord." Daniel Gookin who settled in Dover
was a grandson of the Rev. Daniel Gookin, the first minister of
Sherborn, for eight years a fellow of Harvard College, and an
assistant to the Apostle Eliot in his Indian work at Natick.
Margaret, b. Nov. 21, 1762.
L3'dia, b. Mar. 7, 1765.
Hannah, b. Apr. 22, 1769, m. May 5, 1791, Josiah Reed.
Nathaniel, b. Oct. 7, 1779.
Nathan Peters, b. Aug. 23, 1785, d. Mar. 9, 17S7.
Nathan Peters, b. July 4 1788.
Henry'^ Goulding (John-"^, John-^, Curtis^, John^, Peter^) b. Nov.
26, 1813, m. June 8, 1837, H. Emeline, dau. Elijah and Rebecca
(Pierce) Edwards of Lincoln, b. Jan. 26, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1883.
He d. July 16, 1884. This family is descended from Capt. John
Goulding of Sherborn who purchased Winthrop's grant of 600
acres, to v\^hich he added by the division of common lands and
by purchase. He was a man of herculean size and strength and
his power has been imparted in large measure to his descendants.
He is believed to have been a son of Peter Goulding, who was
in Boston in 1665, a saddler by trade and one who often appeared
in the Courts as an attorney. The family has been prominent
in Sherborn since the settlement there of Capt. John Goulding
about 1705. Mr. Goulding's mother was married in 181 1, and a
piece of her wedding dress is still in the family; she spun the
flax, wove the linen, and embroidered it six inches deep, filled
in with French knots. On her maternal side Mrs. Goulding's
ancestor, Elijah Houghton, is reputed to have been one of those
who assisted in throwing: the tea overboard in Boston harbor.
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As no record was ever made of those who took part in the enter-
prise, their names are preserved only through tradition. Mrs.
Goulding's grandfather, Calvin Edwards, was an early manufac-
turer of wooden clocks at Ashby. Henry Goulding purchased
the Plimpton farm, foot of Smith street (James S. Lee place),
in 1839. He was much interested in agriculture and was a prom-
inent member of the Norfolk Agricultural Society during the
years of its existence. He intended — and this was before the
introduction of improved varieties — to have the earliest rhubarb
of any family in town. It is believed that through many years
Mrs. Goulding never failed to make a rhubarb pie on May ist,
although the stalks were sometimes pretty small. All farmers
intended to have peas as early as the 17th of June. Mr. Gould-
ing made investments in modern improvements, and is believed
to have been the first plurchaser of a sewing machine in town.
He died from the effects of an injury received while driving.
Mary, b. Aug. 3, 1839, d. Oct. 2. 1839.
Emeline, b. Oct. 20, 1840, m. Mar. 9. 1863, Warren Blackman.
Mary R., b. Dec. 29, 1842, d. Aug. 6, 1843.
Martha, b. Feb. 7, 1844, m. Feb. 5, 1865, Joshua Parmenter, Natick.
Alice R. b. July 17, 1845, m. Oct. 18 1864, Stephen Moore, res.
Matilda, b. Mar. 15, 1847, m. Oct. 10, 1888, F. A. Parmenter.
Henry E. b. June 22, 1849, m. Nov. 15, 1874, Julia Gilbert, res.
Harriet P., b. Apr. 11, 1850. res. Newton.
Elijah, b. Sept. 14, 1851, m. Dec. 25, 1874, Mary L. Coolidge, m.
2ndly Oct. 8, 1890, Estella V. Parmenter, res. Worcester.
Lucy E., b. Nov. 11, 1852, m. Nov. 27, 1873, Freeman A. Parmenter,
d. Nov. I, 1886.
John, b. Feb. 20, 1854, m. Aug. 15, 1877, Ella J. Clark, res. Sudbury.
Melvin, b. Oct. 23, 1855, m. Oct. 23, 1882, Abbie Hemenway res.
Ella B., b. Nov. 23. 1856, d. Sept. 4. 1871.
Hannah K., b. Oct. 9, 1858, d. Feb. 5, 1859.
William^ Green (William^), b. in Smithfield, R. I., 1812, m.
Eliza A., dau. Uriah and ]\Iary Brownell of New Bedford, b.
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1813, d. Nov. 8, 1881. He d. Aug. 2, 1881. Mr. Green owned
the Koopman place on Farm street. He added to the work of
his little farm the duties of sexton of the First Parish Church
and labored by the day as he had opportunity. As sexton he
was the successor of Isaac Howe, who served the parish for
many years. As illustrating his economy it may be stated that
he wore on Siundays one pair of boots for twenty-four years.
These were never worn except to church and on the occasion
of funerals and holidays. Mrs. Green was passionately fond of
flowers, and for one with small means had a great variety in
her garden. She was interested in the Dover Baptist Church
and intended, if there was any residue, after paying numerous
small bequests to friends, who had cared for her in years of ill-
ness, to have it go to that society, for the support of preaching.
All of her little property, however, was consumed by her be-
quests. Child :
Ansel H., b. Aug., 1841, d. Jan. 4, 1858.
1. Johni Griggs m. May 28, 1741, Mrs. Mehitable Thurston
Ellis, d. Sept. 18, 1757. He m. 2ndly, May 4, 1763, Sarah (Day)
Wight, widow of David Wight. John Griggs was a petitioner
for the organization of the First Parish. He left the parish soon
after his second marriage (1763) and moved to Hubbardston.
He came to Dover from Brookline. He sold his farm on Ded-
ham street to the Rev. Benjamin Caryl in 1764. Children:
Mehitable, b. Oct. 17, 1741.
Abigail, b. June 29, 1743.
John, b. Mar. 16, 1744.
Jemima, b. Nov. 17, 1747, m. 1766, Cephas Clark.
Samuel, b. Nov. 3, 1749.
Sarah, b. Aug. 28, 1750.
William, b. Aug. 16, 1752.
Gideon, b. Aug. 15, 1754.
2. Reuben^ (Nathan^), b. Oct. 4, 1782, m. 1809, Lucy, dau.
Josiah and Lucy (Richards) Battle, b. Aug. 25, 1785. d. Feb. 24.
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1864. He died Dec. 21, 1863. He was a son of Nathan Griggs,
a Revolutionary soldier, and was, it is believed, a native of Con-
necticut. Mr. Grigg's was a shoemaker by trade and united shoe-
making with farming. He hammered the oak tanned soles, and
with homespun thread, well waxed, closed the seams of the upper
leather, and made an honest shoe, the great wearing qualities of
which are remembered to this day. He was an intelligent man
and being a great lover of books he brought his daughter up
to read to him while he worked at his bench ; in this way Miss
Griggs read aloud most of the books in the Proprietors' Library,
which contained some seven hundred carefully selected and
standard books, not only to the pleasure of her father, but to
her own personal advantage. Mr. Griggs was very fond of trees
and flowers and had much accurate knowledge of them, having
been for many years a student of both. At one time he lived
in Amherst, and much of the ground now occupied by the col-
lege buildings was his cow pasture. He returned to Dover about
Lucy, b. Dec. 25, 1810, m. Apr. 4, 1830, Hiram W. Jones.
I. Timothyi Guy, m. 1740, Martha, dau. of Jonathan and
Bethia (Fiske) Plimpton of Medfield. b. 1710, d. 1788. He m.
2ndly, Oct. 10, 1793, Abigail, dau. Joseph and Abigail Bacon
of Sherborn, b. May 22, 1776. Timothy Guy came to this coun-
try from Bristol, England. He was a very patriotic citizen. He
served in the French and Lidian War, was at the siege of Lewis-
burg, and is reputed to have taken part in throwing the tea over-
board in Boston Harbor. This was the first farm settled in the
westerly part of Dover, and on it was built the fortification de-
scribed in the Narrative History of Dover. The buildings were
much farther west on Smith street than the present site ; the
house was on the knoll in the "spring piece" so called, while the
barn stood by the spring in the second enclosure. The fortifica-
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tion was on the knoll west of the spring. On this farm, in a
shallow part of the river, was the "flax place" where in early
times the farmers rotted their flax, preparatory to its manufac-
ture into linen. Here also the sheep were washed for shearing
in the spring of the year. The present house on this farm is the
oldest building in Dover. It was moved from the Perry p'lace
in Medfield-Albert Lovell farm and was built not earlier than
1730 or later than 1740. It was first moved by Amos Wight, in
1790, to his place on Farm street. Later it was again moved by
Draper Smith to its present location. On this farm are found
apple and pear trees, said to have been grown from seed brought
over from England. As illustrating the custom of the times,
when this house was moved. John Williams, the tavern keeper,
was present and mixed grog for the men engaged in the work;
it is not unlikely that the whole neighborhood turned out. Chil-
(2) Benjamin, b. Dec. ii, 1746.
Jonathan b. Feb. 19, 1748-9, d. Jan. 9, 1807.
Bethshua, b. June 6, 1750. '
Nathan, b. Aug. 14. 1753.
2. Benjamin- (Timothy^), b. Dec. 11, 1746, m. Deborah,
dau. James and Ruth (Sawin) Morse of Sherbom, b. 1751, d.
June 10, 1843. He died Jan. 5, 1817. Mr. Guy was a man of
large stature and extraordinary strength ; his feats of strength
were the admiration of the neighborhood. Airs. Guy used to go
to Boston to market with her produce resting on the horse's back.
(3) Benjamin, b. Oct. 18, 1779.
Nathan, b. May 11, 1772, d. Aug. 2"], 1774.
Ezekiel, b. Aug. 2, 1774. settled in Hopkinton and was in the
War of 1812.
Patty, b. Sept. 12, 1777, m. Nov. 20 1794, Ephraim Smith. Sher-
Martha, b. , d. Jan. 17, 1786.
Deborah, b. May 4, 1782, d. Apr. 6, 1783.
Samuel, b. Feb. 14. 1785, died at sea.
Luther, b. Apr. 2, 1787, lived in Leominster.
Martin, b. July 16, 1789, d. May 20, 1792.
Lucinda, b. June 18, 1792, d. Sept. 21, 1803.
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3. Benjamin^ (Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Oct. 18, 1779, m.
1805, Sarah, dau. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Smith of Med-
field, b. 1785, d. about 1850. He went west about 1825.
Mr. Guy was a school teacher, as well as farmer, and is said
to have been a fine mathematician. He sold the homestead to
Draper Smith and settled in the south part of the town on Hart-
ford street (William Neal place) in 1811. Children:
Harriet, b. Apr. 18, 1806, d. Jan. 9, 1898.
(4) Martin, b. Dec. 11, 1807, d. Mar. 21, 1851.
(5) Timothy, b. Oct. 3, 1809, d. Jan. 28, 1869.
Lucinda, b. Dec. 4, 181 1, d. Aug. 8, 1814.
Sarah A., b. Sept. 8, 1815, d. Oct. 8, 1893.
Lucy, b. May 14, 1818, d. Aug. 2"], 1820.
Francis H., b. Dec. 14, 1825, d. Oct. 17, 1827.
Catherine M., b. Feb. 14, 1823, d. Oct. 20, 1843.
4. Martin^ (Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Dec. ii,
1807, m. 1832 Adaline Bailey, b. in Marlboro, 1806, d. Sept. 18,
1858. He died Mar. 21, 1852. Mr. Guy was a blacksmith, also
a shoemaker and farmer in a small way. He built, in 1842, a
house on Hartford street east of his brother Timothy's farm,
and lived there for a time. The old conditions of life as lived
here, with present possibilities, are well illustrated by a writer
in his description of the village of Humdrum : Its thousand able-
bodied men and women, without machinery, and having no
intercourse with the rest of the world, must work fourteen
hours out of twenty-foHr that they may all be housed, fed and
clothed, warmed and instructed. Some ingenious hands invent
water mills, which saw, plane, thrash, grind, spin, weave and
do many other things so that these thousand people need work
but five hours in the day to obtain the results of the fourteen
by the old process. Here, then, a vast amount of time — nine
hours in the day — is set free from toil. It may be spent in
study, social improvement, the pursuit of a favorite art and
leave room for amusement also. Children :
Alonzo E., b. , d. in infancy.
♦Henry M., b. Oct. 10. 1836, re.s. Worcester.
•Served in the Civil War in Co. n, 43 Regt., M. V. M. ; enlisted .\ug. 25, 1862,
9 months' service. Discharged July 30, 1863. At the time of his enlistment he
was boarding in Boston and so was credited to that city. He died Apr. 18, 1913-
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5. Timothy* (Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Oct. 3,
1809, m. May 8, 1834, Elizabeth C, dau. Eleazer and Esther
(Morse) Perry, b. Feb. 14, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1895. He died
Jan. 28, 1868. Mr. Goiy lost a leg when a boy of thirteen years.
He was riding on an ox sled heavily loaded with wood when he
fell in front of the nmner. Frightened by the boy's cries, the
driver of the team did not have the presence of mind to raise
the runner or unload the wood, but whipped up the oxen and
drew the load across both legs. One was broken in three places,
while the other was ground to a jelly. An amputation was nec-
essary, and the lad, without the aid of an anaesthetic, bore the
pain of the amputation, which was performed by Dr. Miller of
Franklin, a noted surgeon of his day. Mr. Guy was a boot man-
ufacturer for a time in Medfield, but soon returned to the Dover
farm on Hartford street. His six sons all left home and went
into business. The grocery trade first engaged their attention in
both wholesale and retail branches, but was subsequently given
up for the furniture and general house furnishing business. The
Guy Furniture Company, with headquarters at Worcester, has
been incorporated and is said to be the largest house furnishing
establishment in central Massachusetts ; branch stores have been
established in Springfield, Brockton, Boston, Quincy and
Chelsea. The brothers have all given personal attention to their
business. The daughters, Emma E. and Mrs. Harriet A. M.
Fuller of Salem, are both prominent in church and philanthropic
work. Charles W. Guy was elected to the Governor's Council
in 191 3. Children :
Timothy F.. b. Apr. i, 1837, m. Harriet M. Baker, res. Norwood.
Emily L E., b. Apr. 28, 1839, d. Nov. 4, 1843.
Benjamin E., b. Aug. 31, 1841, m. Charlotte C. Walker, res. Worces-
Charles W,. b. Oct. 17. 1843, m. Harriet M. Perkins, res. Quincy.
Walter P. b. Nov. 5, 1845, m. Laura A. Baker, res. Worcester.
Catherine J., b. Sept. 7, 1847, d. Apr. 6, 1848.
Elbridge G. T., b. Jan. 17, 1849, m. Merriam S. Enos, res. Worcester.
Adaline E., b. Apr. 12, 1850, m. F. W. Park, Norwood.
Herbert E., b. June 13, 1852 m. Lavinia S. Poor, res. Brockton.
Harriet A. M.. b. June 9, 1855, m. Geo. W. Fuller, Salem.
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Emma E., b. Oct. 31, 1856.
Lucy A., b. Jan. 27, 1859, m. Frank E. Fuller, Canton.
Richard'-^ W. Hale (George Silsbee*^, Salma", David'', Joseph^.
Edmund*, Henry^, John-, Thomas^), son of George Silsbee and
Ellen (Sever) Hale, was born in Milton June 30, 187 1, married
May 14, 1903, Mary Newbold, dau. of Edward and Isabel
(Cox) Patterson. For an account of the Hale family see the
genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Hale of Watton, Eng-
land and of Newbury, Mass., published Albany, 1889. Child :
Richard Walden, Jr., b. Aug. 5, 1909.
Elnathan- Hammond (Elnathan^), b. 1783, m. Feb. 14, 181 1,
Polly, dau. Josiah and Keziah (Knowlton) Draper, b. July 4,
1788, d. May 2, 1862. He d. May 21, i860. Mr. Hammond
came to Dover from Bridgewater, Vt. He first entered the
employ of Capt. Josiah Newell. After his mariage he returned
to Bridgwater, where several of his children were born. He
finally returned to Dover with his family. He was captain of a
militia company in Vermont. Children :
Mary Ann, b. Apr. 3, 1812, d. 1836.
Elnathan, b. May 23, 1816, res. Sherborn.
Abigail D., b. Aug. 12, 1818, m. 1840. John R. Paine.
Josiah D., b. Aug. 14, 1821, d. Oct. 16, 1823.
Kaziah, b. , m. 1851, Joseph B. Page, Boston.
Josiah D., b. June 24, 1827, m. Oct. 25. 1853, Ellen A. Powers.
I. Dana-^ C. Hanchett (William* T., Ebenezer*^, Ebenezer-,
Thomas^), b. Sept. 11, 1846, m. June 18, 1876, Ida Betsey, dau.
James and Mary O. (Bullard), Draper b. Feb. 9, 1855. The
Hanchett's are said to be of French origin. Thomas Hanchett
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settled in Suffield, Conn., in 1732. His grandson, Ebenezer,
from whom the Dover family is descended, lived in Dracut.
Dana C, Hanchett lived on Glen street with his brother-in-
law, J. Franklin Richards, for a time. The house which they
built in 1878 was burned in 1900. He has a milk route in
Natick and Wellesley. Children :
Olive Gertrude, b. June 12, 1877.
Dana Childs, b. Dec. 26, 1878.
Ellen Draper, b. May 12, 18S1.
(3) George Draper, b. May 12. 1883.
James Malcolm, b. Mar. 6, 1887.
2. Chester*^ (William T.'*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Thomas^),
b. Sept. 25, 1848, m. Apr. 17, 1S77, Rosella M., dau. Henry and
Ursula Maria (Cqlby), Sedgewick, b. April 8, 1855.
Mr. Hanchett worked for many years in his father's shoe
shop at South Natick and has continued in the business at the
head of a department since the purchase of the Dover farm in
Chester, b. Nov. 2, 1878, d. Nov. 18, 1904.
Homer, b. Nov. 2, 1878, m. Feb. 10, 1906, Mary A. Sutton, Needham.
Ethel, b. Mar. 2, 1880, d. Apr. 14, 1901.
Edna, b. Mar. 2, 1880, d. Nov. 25, 1899.
3. George*^ Draper (Dana Childs^, William T.^, Ebenezer^,
Ebenezer-, Thomas'^), b. May 12, 1883, ^- Oct. 6, 1909, Georgia
Elizabeth, dau. George H. and Adelaide E. (Wight) Thomp-
son, b. Sept. 10, 1888. Children :
Ruth Draper, b. Dec. 7, 1911.
Margery Thompson, b. May 25, 1913.
George Draper, b. Feb. 23, 1915.
Henry2 J. Hanks (Christopher^), b. April 20, 1833, m. Sept.
10, 1855, Sarah A., dau. Daniel and Mary (Corliss) Mann, b.
Oct. 9, 1838. He d. Feb. 13, 1897. Mr. Hanks lived in Dover
for a time and later moved to Medfield where he was a drug-
gist. He was descended from Christopher Hanks who was
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born in Pennsylvania ; and bound out when only eight years of
age to learn the trade of a paper maker in Philadelphia. He
later came to Dover and worked in the paper mills at Charles
River, finally settling in Needham. Children :
Arabella, b. Feb. 27, 1859, d. Mar. 28, 1859.
Sadie A., b. June 23, 1877.
John^ Harding (Nathan"^, Hoses'*, Abraham^, John-, Abra-
ham^), son of Nathan and Dorcas (Fisher) Harding, was b.
1779, m. April 10, 1810, Julia, dau. Ebenezer and Hannah (Al-
len) Battelle, b. May 12, 1784, d. Mar. 6, 1856. He died July
II, 1850. Mr. Harding is supposed to be descended from Abra-
ham Harding who was in Braintree as early as 1648. Marry-
ing into the Battelle family he had a farm from that estate,
Comiskey place on Main street, junction of Haven street. He
was a highly respected citizen, quiet and unassuming. His
son, Fisher Harding, fitted for Harvard with the town minister,
Rev. Dr. Sanger, and read law in the office of Daniel Webster
in Boston. He settled in Detroit, Mich., and was a lawyer of
great promise, having a large clientage, when he was cut oflE
by typhoid fever. He died greatly lamented by all. His sister,
Miss Julia Harding, was public spirited, and much interested in
the history of the town ; her treasury of facts and records
greatly enriched the Narrative History of Dover. Miss Hard-
ing willed her farm to the First Parish Church, and provided
for the improvement of the cemetery, the building of a porch
to the First Parish Meeting House, and the enlargement of the
endowment of the Parish Library, but dying suddenly her
will, which had been drawn and left unsigned, was of no effect
and her estate went to fifteen cousins, some of whom living in
the Far West had never heard of her. Children :
Fisher Ames, b. June 23. 181 1, graduated from Harvard, 1833, d.
Aug. 4. 1844, Detroit, ]\Iich.
Julia Ann, b. Feb. 21, 1812, d. Nov. i, 1888.
John Battle, b. Aug. 10, 1814. d. Nov. 10, 1879.
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1. William- Hart (Johni), b. in Colraine, m. Betsey, dau.
Jonathan and Betsey (Maddock) Hatch, b. Oct 18, 1824. Lived
on the Clay brook road. Mr. Hart was a son of Susan
(Parker) Hart, widow of John Hart who bought land on Cross
street in 1848 and moved thereon a house which she bought of
Mason Richards. This property continued in the family for
many years. Mrs. Hart was descended from the Parkers of
Roxbury for whom so many places are now named including
Parker hill. As her family had been for many generations con-
nected with Roxbury she used to tell many Revolutionary inci-
dents which are still recalled by her descendants. Children :
(2) William G., b. Oct. 14, 1847.
Timothy W., b. Feb. 4, 1842.
Melissa, b. 1852.
Nancy S.. b. 1854.
(3) George, b. May 15, 1847.
2. William^ G. (William-', Johni), b. Oct. 14, 1847, m.
July 24, 1868, Anna M., dau. John S. and Elizabeth (Joy)
Nuttage, b. June 6, 1855. Children:
Frank E., b. Mar. 21, 1872, res. Needham.
Lewis E., b. Mar. 30, 1875. res. Needham.
Walter N., b. Oct. 18, 1877, res. New Bedford.
Chester G.. b. Oct. 14, 1880, d. Feb. 25, 1893.
Laura Alice, b. Feb. 8, 1883, res. Needham.
Harry C.. b. Jan. 7, 1888, d. Aug. 11, 1899.
3. George^ (William^, John^), b. May 15, 1857, m. Sept. 3,
1879, Lydia Frances, dau. Francis Henry and Elizabeth Quincy
(Burns) Dewing, b. Nov. 17, 1861. Children:
Nellie G., b. Mar. 17, 1880, m. Harry Anthony, res. Natick.
Henry G.. b. Mar. 17, 1882, m. Annie Murry, res. Needham.
Charlotte M.. b. Aug. 19, 1890, d. Sept. i. 1891.
Orraetta, b. Mar. 31, 1892, d. Nov. 19 1893.
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1. Obed^ Hartshorn (Moses^), son of Moses and Elizabeth
(Smith) Hartshorn was b. in Medfield, March 30, 1761, m.
July 22, 1790, Sarah, dau. Jonathan and Lois (Clark) Wight, b.
Dec. 2-], 1764, d. May 16, 1864. He d. Feb. 17, 1843. Mr. Harts-
horn was probably in the fourth generation from Thomas Harts-
horn who was an early settler in Reading where his descendants
have lived for many years and where he was a freeman in 1648.
He settled on Farm street near the Medfield line and carried on
for many years the work of a blacksmith in connection with his
farm. Children :
Sally, b. Apr. 7, 1791, d. Dec. 16. 1875.
Rebecca, b. Aug. 2},, 1796, m. Dec. 27 ,1855, Moses Richardson.
Moses, b. Aug. 21, 1798, d. Feb. 17, 1869.
(2) Obed, b. Oct. 23, 1802.
2. Obed^ (Obed^, Moses^), b. Oct. 25, 1802, m. 1835 Silence,
dau. Horatio and Elizabeth (Harding) Adams of Med way, b.
March 12, 1812, d. May 16, 1904. He d, July 12, 1880. Mr.
Hartshorn was a farmer and lived on the homestead. His inter-
ests were largely in Medfield, as the family always attended
church and school there. While Dover had no active abolition-
ists she had in the Free soilers sympathizers with the cause.
Public meetings were held in Noanet hall in the early fifties to
assist in the struggle to admit Kansas as a free state. While
residents were only mildly in sympathy with the anti-slavery
movement, yet it seems well to present here the picture of the lot
of the agitator as given by the Hon. Theodore D. Weld, of our
own county, himself a noble orator and a sufiferer in the
cause. The Abolitionists, he says, "were the victims of an indis-
criminate ostracism. Everywhere they were doomed because
they hated slavery and lived out that hate. In thousands of
cases they were subjected to personal assaults, beatings, and
buflFetings, with nameless indignities. They were driven from
their homes to the fields and the woods and their houses burned.
They were dragged and thrust from the halls in which they held
their meetings. They were smeared with filth, stripped of cloth-
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ing, tarred, feathered, ridden upon rails, their houses sacked,
bonfires made of their furniture and bedding, their domestic ani-
mals cropped and crippled. Often they were shot at and some-
time killed." Child :
Josephine M.. b. Feb. 8, 1842, m. Feb. 11, 1867, Stillman J. Spear,
Note. — Mrs. Sarah (Wight) Hartshorn attained as far as known the greatest
age of any resident of Dover, having lived to be 99 years, 4 months, 19 days. Mrs.
Hortshorn came from a family of remarkable longevity, her mother, Margaret (Fair-
banks) Wight, of Medfield, lived to be 103 years old; her father, Jonathan Wight,
lived to be 97 years old, while a daughter of Esther (Wight) Caryl, born in Dover
in 1750, attained to nearly 103 years.
Elijah'' Hastings (Elijah^, Hopestili^, Thomas^, Thomas-,
Thomas^), b. May 4, 1791, m. May 25, 1813, Rebecca, dau.
Ebcnezer and Rebecca (Richards) Smith, b. Nov. 27, 1792, d.
Aug. 29, 1870. He d. Oct. 1834. The name Hastings is of an
illustrious family in history and the race to which it applies is
of Danish origin. Thomas Hastings, aged 29, and wife Susanna,
aged 34, embarked at Ipswich, England, Apr. 10, 1634, in the
ship Elizabeth, for New England and settled at Watertown. He
had a lot assigned him at Dedham in 1635 or 36, but never lived
there. He was a prominent man in Watertown, holding various
offices, and was for a long time a deacon in the First Church.
It was always an occasion of pride to many residents, some of
whom are now living*, that they took part in the welcome which
was extended to Lafayette when he revisited this country. Quite
a number from this Parish — Fourth Parish of Dedham — had
taken part in his land expedition to drive the English out of
Newport, R. I., and he was affectionately remembered by others
for his gallant service to this country. On the morning of Oct.
24, 1824, the whole population of Boston and the surrounding
country turned out to meet Lafayette. An arch was erected on
Boston Neck, under which he rode, which bore an inscription
which is still recalled :
*Sketch written in 1900.
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The fathers in glory shall sleep
That gathered with thee to tight
But the sons will eternally keep
The tablet of gratitude bright.
We bow not the neck, we bend not the knee,
But our hearts, Lafayette, we surrender to thee.
The late Mrs. Ellen J. Harding of Weymouth held in memory
the visit of Gen. Lafayette and had a pitcher which was made to
commemorate his visit ; it held two quarts and was decorated
with mottoes and had on one side a picture of Lafayette and on
the other a likeness of Washington. Elijah Hastings lived in
Dover for a time. When the Hartford turnpike was built in
1806, the Dover tollgate was the first one on the pike. The gate
was at first swung from the corner of the house now owned by
William Neal. Later a gatehouse was l)uilt near the residence
of the late William Tisdale-Schaffner farm. Mr. Hastings col-
lected the tolls and lived here with his family in the toll house
for several years. He was a tanner by trade. He moved in
1823 to Schenectady, N. Y. His wife made the trip with their
children, unattended, and forded the Connecticut river. Chil-
Elijah A., b. Mar. 3, 1815, d. June 10, 1832.
tEllen J., b. June 18, 1817, m. Apr. 23, 1841, Joseph Harding, Wey-
JAnn E. C, b. Sept. 26, 1819, d. May 23, 1871, Harrisburg, Pa.
tHenry J., b. Oct. 23, 1821, d. Feb. 22, 1852. Rochester, N. Y.
tOscar H., b. Oct. 22, 1823, res. Oswego, N. Y.
Edward M., b. Mar. 19, 1826, d. July 20. 1850.
Margaret P., b. May 2, 1828, m. Alfred Terrell, Weymouth.
Charles W., b. June 19, 1831. res. Weymouth.
.\lbert E., b. June 18, 1834, d. Aug. 2, 1876.
fHorn in Dover.
JMarried Norman Bennett, their daughter, Fredericks Bennett, is the wife of
Gen. S. S. Sumner, U. S. A.
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1. Joseph^ Haven (Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), son of Jo-
seph and Martha (Walker) Haven was born in Framingham
Feb. 7, 1717, m. Dec. 28, 1737, Miriam Bayley, d. Oct. 12, 1755,
m. 2ndly Mar. 2, 1757, Mrs. Rebecca, widow of Joseph Chicker-
ing, and dau. Josiah and Hannah (Fisher) Newell, b. Jan. 27,
1717, d. Apr. II, 1792. He d. Feb. 22, 1801. Richard Haven,
who came from the west of England and settled in Lynn in
1644-5, was the progenitor of the Dover family which was
prominent in the early history of the Parish. Nothing is known
of Richard Haven previous to his settlement in America. He
has a numerous posterity which is remarkable for its large num-
ber of college graduates. Joseph Flaven was the first of the
family to settle in Dover. He was elected a deacon of the First
Parish Church on its organization in 1762. After his second
marriage he settled in Dover with his young family and lived
on the farm of Mrs. Haven's former husband, Joseph Chicker-
ing. Dea. Haven was active in his services to his fellow citi-
zens ; he was paid in 1778 for "lead and flints" furnished the
town, seven pounds and two shillings. He was also paid for
"numbering the people." He constantly served the town and
parish on important committees. He was a cordwainer by trade.
Elias, b. Oct. 28, 1738, d. Jan. 12. 1742.
(2) Elias, b. June 18, 1742.
Lydia, b. Aug. 25, 1744, m. Jonathan Hall, Paris, Maine.
Joseph, b. May 14, 1744, graduated Harvard, 1774, res. Roches-
ter, N. H.
(3) Noah, b. June 17, 1749.
Obadiah, b. July 24, 1751.
John, b. June 18, 1754, graduated Harvard, 1776, was a ship sur-
geon and died at sea. Taught the Springfield Parish school in
2. Elias^ (Joseph^, Joseph-^, Moses-, Richard^), b. June 18,
1742, m. June 14, 1764, Jemima, dau, Jonathan and Anna (Bul-
lard) Whiting, b. June 17, 1742. He was killed in the engage-
ment with the British near the Arlington Meeting-house April
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19. 1775- Mrs. Haven was a woman of strong character, and
when told of her husband's death and asked if his body should
be returned, replied, "No, let him be buried where he fell." Mr.
Haven had a small farm on Farm street now owned by J. Story
Fay 3d. Children : ,
(4) Elias. b. Oct. 30, 1765.
Abigail, b. June 4. 1767, m. June 11, 1788, Jesse Bacon.
Jemima, b. Apr. 18, 1769, m. June i, 1791, David Everett. Ded-
3. Noah"' (Joseph^, Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), b. Jan. 17,
1749, m. Nov. 14, 1775 Olive Kingsbury and for a time lived
in Holden, where he was a prominent citizen and held the
offices of town clerk, selectman and assessor. In middle life he
returned to Dover and was a most respected citizen, holding
the office of deacon in the First Parish Church. Children :
John, b. Nov. 19, 1778.
Noah. b. Nov. 20, 1780.
Rufus, b. May 18, 1783.
Joseph, b. June 19. 1786, graduated Harvard, 1810, res. Dennis.
Olive, b. July 28, 1788.
4. Elias^ (Elias^"', Joseph*, Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), b.
Oct. 30, 1765, m. Rebecca. He lived on the homestead on Farm
street. Mr. Haven moved from Dover to Chesterfield, New
Hampshire, about 1790, where he lived until 1802, when he took
his family to Oneida County, New York. He died about 1850,
and is buried at Sangersfield, New York. He had five sons
and five daughters, of whom seven were born after leaving
Dover. Children :
Elias, b. Feb. 22, 1788.
John, b. July 7, 1789.
Olive, m. Apr. 10, 1810, Stephen Kingsbury, Franklin.
I. Samuel* Herring (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b. Apr.
30, 1713, m. Anna. He was descended from Thomas Herring.
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who with his wife, Mary, was admitted to the Dedham Church
in 165 1. He came here from Dorchester. Samuel Herring
was an early settler in the Springfield Parish. He was seated
in the meeting-house in 1762 and members of the family con-
tinued to live here for many years. The homestead was on
Hartford street, but was long since abandoned. Benjamin,
who settled in Dedham, had the improvement of certain apple
trees on his father's farm at the southwest corner of the old
orchard which was conveyed to him during the life of the
trees. Orchards were of great value as much cider was manu-
factured. The great number of cider mills in the early settle-
ment of the town has been often noted.* Children :
Benjamin, b. Oct. 21, 1738.
Mary. b. Mar. 16, 1745.
Rebecca, b. Feb. 23, 1749, m. May 14, 1777, Josiah Whittemore, Wal-
pole, m. 2ndly, Jeremiah Day, Jr.
Sarah, b. June 28, 1754.
2. Thomas^ (Samuel"*, Thomas-^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b.
Mar. 16, 1745, m. Apr. 30, 1774, Elizabeth Clark. She m. 2ndly
Aug. 12, 1795, James Clapp of Medfield. He died previous to
1791. Thomas occupied with his family the west half of the
homestead. Children :
Thomas, b. Jan. 8, 1775, settled in Brookfield.
Oates, b. Nov. 6, 1776.
OHve, b. Aug. 11, 1778.
Elizabeth, b. Oct. 10, 1780.
Hannah, b. Aug. 27, 1783.
Lavinia, b. Aug. 30, 1785.
Mary, b. Sept. 22, 1790.
Note. — Lemuel Herring and Petetiah Herring were residents of the Parish at
the time of the Revolution.
*See map in "Dover Farms."
Jedediahi*^ W. Higgins (Joseph^, Tedediah^, Joseph", Jede-
diah®, Eleazer^, Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Richard^),
son of Joseph and Hannah (Paine) Higgins, was b. Apr. 4,
1857, m. June 23, 1887, Amy H., dau. Cornelius and Charlotte
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(Wight) Sullivan, b. Mar. i6, 1854. He d. Mar. 28, 1909.
Mr. Higgins was descended in the tenth generation from Rich-
ard Higgins, a tailor who came from England in the ship Ann
in 1623 ; he was made a freeman in Plymo'tith in 1633, and was
a member of Gov. Prince's company, who settled Eastham.
Mr. Higgins was also descended on his maternal side from the
Mayflower Pilgrims. Jedediah Higgins sixth was the progen-
itor of the Truro family, where the subject of this sketch was
born. Mr. Higgins was the town storekeeper and was for
many years a prominent citizen. Pie served Dover on many im-
portant committees, was chairman of the board of selectmen for
some years and at the time of his death was the town treasurer.
Mr. Higgins was much interested in temperance and was clerk
of the Massachusetts Total Abstinence Society. Children :
Evalyn D., b. May 26, 1889, graduated Boston University, 191 1.
Helen Bernice, b. Jan. i. 1891. d. Nov. 5. 1897.
J. Russell, b. July 4, 1893.
Eliot W., b. Dec. 11, 1895, student Tufts College.
Wendell B., b. Sept. 1.3. 1900.
2. Eben" (Eben^, Eben^, Jacob*, Isaac^, Benjamin-, Rich-
ard^), son of Eben and Susan (Sears) Higgins, was born in
Brewster, May 12, 1818. He went to work at eight years of
age on the little farm of a neighbor to help support the family
his father having been incapacitated by the loss of a leg. He
did the planting, cared for the crops, and harvested them alone.
At twelve he engaged in wood chopping with his brother. In
his fifteenth year he shipped as a cabin boy on a square rigger
bound for a Russian port. Later he went to New Orleans,
where the vessel in which he sailed was condemned as unsea-
worthy and sold. In New Orleans he ran across another boy
about his own age and they both sailed for Boston with Capt.
Bangs. His companion was the father of Hon. George Fred
Williams. He later sailed with Capt. Elias Davis of Glouces-
ter, who took an interest in the young sailor and sent him to a
school kept by Master Moore, who taught ambitious sailors
navigation. He worked up through the grades of seaman, able-
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seaman, second mate, mate, to master. Capt. Higgins sailed
on many ships ; it is recalled that he was at one time in com-
mand of the brig Sarah Ann, which was engaged in the West
India and South America trade. Capt. Higgins made many
voyages to warm countries, bringing back cargoes of sugar,
molasses, coffee, cocoa and other tropical products. During the
later years of his service he was located in Dutch Guiana, where
he acted as agent for the owners of cargoes consigned to him
which he sold and then reloaded the vessels with products which
he bought from the plantations in the interior. These cargoes
were floated down the streams on flat-boats. He was engaged
in this service in a country only 5 degrees north of the equator.
Capt. Higgins retired at the age of forty-five and bought the
Dover farm, where he lived for seven years. He then bought
land in Newtonville, where his sons had settled, and built a
house, where he spent the remaining years of his life. He mar-
ried July 15, 1841, Lydia, dau. of John and Lydia (Sargent)
Tucker, b. in Gloucester, Jan. 5, 1819, d. Sept. 14, 1908. He d.
May 2T„ 1880. Children born in Gloucester:
Lydia Ann. b. Apr., 1843, m. Abraham Bigelow.
(3) Eben, b. Mar. 31, 1845.
Willard Sears, b. May 23, 1847, res. Newtonville.
Susan Abby, b. Nov. 29. 1849, m. Roger S. Battelle, d. Jan. 14,
Howard Holbrook. b. Oct. 6, 1852, d. Dec. 16, 1852.
3. Eben^ (Eben", Eben^, Eben^, Jacob"*, Isaac^, Benjamin-,
Richard^), b. Mar. 31, 1845, m. Sept. 15, 1868, Sarah A., dau.
of Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. Sept. 15, 1845.
Mr. Higgins has been for many years a contractor as well as
farmer. He has held many town offices of trust and responsi-
bility. Children :
*Eben Edward, b. Nov. 2, 1871, m. Jan. i, 1902, Nina Maud, dau.
Joseph and Melissa L. (Adams) Ashley, res. Fitchburg. Children:
Mildred Ashley, b. Oct. 12, 1902, Beatrice Irene, b. Mar. 30, 1905.
Lois Goulding, b. Mar. 28, 1906, Hazel Adeline, b. Oct. 29, 1907.
He d. in Fitchburg. Feb. 2, 1908.
*Charles Herbert, b. Feb. 23, 1875. m. Oct. 22, 1901, Jane Ruth Hill,
*Born in Newton.
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Quebec. Children: Ruth Dorothy, b. Ottawa, Oct. 26, 1902, Her-
bert Hall, b. May 17, 1907.
Lydia Adeline, b. Jan. 27, 1884.
I. William- Hill (Mathew^). b. in London, England, Mar.
14, 1803, m. Jan. 12, 1828, Catherine Chalmers of Fifeshire,
Scotland, b. Dec. 18, 1808, d. July 26, 1867. He died June 4,
1876. His father, Mathew Hill, married Lady Mary Gilbraith
of St. Minnius Sterlingshire, Scotland. Mr. Hill purchased
imder the firm name of William Hill & Son the Noanet Mills
in Dover in 1859 and commenced the manufacture of roofing
paper, which was largely used during the civil war in building
hospitals throughout the south. In 1869 they built a new mill
on the Needham side of Charles river and engaged in the manu-
facture of Alanila paper. After the death of William Hill, Jr.,
in 1873, the business was carried on by his father until his death
in 1876. His surviving son, Edward Hill, then took the busi-
ness and carried it on until the mills were destroyed by fire Oct.
12, 1887. The mill on the Needham side of the river was sold
to E. H. Sampson of Boston, who manufactured leather board
here for a year. In 1888 the mills again came into the Hill
family and the manufacture of book, newspaper and manila
paper was carried on by Edward Hill. In 1891 he sold the
property to Frank H. Brown of Bellows Falls, Vt. Children :
(2) Edward, b. May 30, 1829.
Agnes, b. Jan. 4, 1839, m. Geo. R. Davidson,
Mary A., b. Apr. 19, 1842, m. Robert Smith.
Jennie C, b. Apr. 11, 1851. m. John F. Wall.
Eliza, b. Jan. 31, 1846. d. June 16, 1865.
William, b. June 7, 1830, d. Dec. 12, 1873, res. Charles River.
2. Edward^ (William-, Mathew^), b. May 30, 1829, m. May
16, 1857, Mary J. Hutchinson of Sackville, N. B., d. Mar. 14,
1893, m. 2ndly Feb. 26, 1895, Mary V.. dau. Chester and Eliza-
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beth (Leavitt) Campbell. He now resides in Needham. Chil-
Willard D., b. Mar. 6, 1S5S.
Edwin R., b. June 16, 1S65.
Ernest- Franklin Hodgson (Thomas^), son of Thomas and
Caroline (Uentleyj Hodgson, was born in Medford, May 20,
1871, m. in Glencarlyn, Va., Aug. 11, 1898, Florence, dau. Asa
T. and Susan ( Jei1:ers)Stowell. Thomas Hodgson was a
watch maker by trade and came to America from England in
1835. Mr. Hodgson is the manufacturer of the Wigwam Port-
able House. His large factory is kept busy in supplying this
popular house which is now used in all parts of the country.
His business has been developed from the manufacture, in a
small way, of the Peep o' Day Incubator and Peep o' Day
Brooder, of which he is the original patentee. Children :
Richard Stowell. b. Mar. 12, 1905.
Geraldine, b. Sept. 6, 1908.
Marion Bentley, b. Apr. 15, 1916.
James^ Cleveland Hopkins (George^ J. Solomon'', Solomon^,
Seth^, Benjamin^, Steven^, Gyles-, Steven^), son of George J.
and Fanny Marietta (Hunt) Hopkins, b. in Boston, Dec. 25,
1873, m. Jan. 8, 1908, Mary Gould, dau. Horace and Louisa
Goddard (Gould) McMurtrie. Mr. Hopkins has the distinction
of being descended from two passengers in the Mayflower,
Stephen Hopkins and his son Gyles. It was to Stephen Hop-
kins and his wife Elizabeth that a son was born on the voyage
whom thev named Oceanus. Peferring to the Pilgrims, Minot
J. Savage once said : "I would rather be able to trace my an-
cestry back to the Pilgrims than along any other line that the
history of the world has ever seen, nobles, kings, emperors
not excepted. This little handful of Pilgrims created the
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mould into which this great republic of ours has been run.
No matter where the rest of the people came from, from what
ever country on the face of the earth, they have been domi-
nated, controlled, shaped, their destiny marked out, by these
forty-one Pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower. They gave
form to our government and everything that has happened to
us since has come along the lines which they laid down." Mr.
Hopkins is a member of the firm of Kilham & Hopkins, archi-
tects, Boston. Children :
Louisa McMurtrie, b. Dec. 8, 1908.
Mary McMurtrie, b. Mar. 22. 1910.
Charlotte Gordon, b. Nov. 16, 1911.
James Cleveland, b. July 25, 1914.
1. Henry- Horton (Gushing^), b. May 10, 181 5, m. Dec. 2,
1836, Abigail K., dau. of Samuel and Rebecca Mayo, b. July 20,
1815, d. Feb. 5, 1868. He d. 1875. Mr. Horton was for fifteen
years a prominent citizen of Dover. He was a member of the
board of selectmen, school committee and represented the dis-
trict in the General Court. He was a farmer and owned the
Charles S. Damrell place on Main street. Mr. Horton was a
native of Eastham, and d. in Chelsea. Children :
Melissa H., b. Sept. 18, 1837, d. Feb. 2. 1842.
Mary A. P., b. July 25, 1839, m. 1858. John McKay, Maiden.
(2) Henry H., b. Aug. 2, 1841, m. 1864. Martha Allen, Dover.
Melissa H., b. Aug. 26, 1843, m. James F. Ward, d. 189^, in
James W., b. Feb. 21, 1846, m. 1870, Emma Griggs, Needham.
Ella. b. Aug. 15. 1848, res. Maiden.
Charles S., b. May 11, 1851, m. 1892, Ella Montgomery, res.
George F., b. June 2;^, 1855, m. 1880. Emma L. Hatch. Needham.
2. Henry^ H. (Henry-, Cushingi) b. Aug. 1841, m. June
22, 1865, Martha Antoinette, dau. David E. and Martha Ann
(Whitney) Allen, b. Aug. 10, 1841. He d. Jan. 19, 1914.
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Clara Ashton, b. Aug. 19, 1867, d. Aug. 19, 1867.
Henry Ellis, b. Dec. 8, 1869, m. Lillian Hatch, res. Hornell, N. Y
Edward Smith b. Feb. 15, 1873, d. Jan. 27, 1885.
James2 O. Howard (Thomasi), b. 1842, m. June 1871, Martha
L. dau. Linus and Martha (Soule) Bliss, b. Nov. 22, 1849.
He d. April 27, 1878. Mr. Howard was born in Bethel, Maine.
He worked for his father-in-law, Linus Bliss. His son, James
O. was in the Spanish War and served on the Brooklyn in the
naval fight at Santiago. Children :
George L., b. June 22, 1872.
James O., b. Dec. 21, 1874.
I. Isaac« Howe (Isaac^, Isaac"', Isaac^, Abraham^, Abra-
hami), son of Isaac and Lois (Dadman) Howe, was b. Jan. 7,
1788, m. Oct. 24, 1819, Betsey Stowe, dau. Capt. John and Sally
(Stowe) Williams, b. Oct. 25, 1801, d. Nov. 23, 1889.
He d. Sept. 25, 1878. He was descended from Abra-
ham Howe, who was born in England and died in
P.oxbury in 1676. He was made a freeman at Rox-
bury. May 2, 1638. Mr. Howe was a member of John Eliot's
Church in Roxbury. In 1645 he was one of the signers of a
covenant to found a "free school in the town of Roxbury."
This school has had a continuous existence ever since, and is
now known as the Roxbury Latin School. Isaac Howe was
born in Framingham. His father was for seven years and six
months, most of the time a private, in the Revolutionary War,
a record which is unequalled in the archives of Massachusetts.
The Rev. Israel Loring of Sudbury wrote, Isaac Howe of
Framingham departed this life (about 1752) a man not over-flow-
ing with wealth. In his house were to be seen no curious beau-
fet, set out with plates and china-ware, no papered, nor painted
nor gilded rooms, no costly dishes, none of these, nor such like
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things. No, but on the contrary, marks of poverty were there
to be seen. However, in this man's house dwelt one of the
excellences of the earth, one rich in faith and an heir of the king-
Isaac Howe settled in Dover some time previous to his mar-
riage and for a number of years kept the tavern and store in
connection. He lived at one time in the house occupied by the
late Frederick H. Wight on Centre street. Here some of his
children were born. He was for many years postmaster and
the town sexton. Mrs. Howe v.as very domestic and her ideals
of a wife and mother and keeper of the family comfort were of
such an order that she could never have been a public woman or
have the inclination to shape politics, even indirectly. Children :
Sarah Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1821, m. Albert L. Smith.
Louisa Battelle, b. Mar. 9, 1823, m. Joseph A. Smith.
John Williams, b. Dec. 19, 1825, d. Dec. 20, 1825.
Mary Williams, b. May 10, 1828. m. Abner L. Smith.
John Wlliams, b. Sept. 10, 1830, m. Mary E. Bacon.
Martha Ann, b. May 9, 1834. d. Sept. 11. 1914.
George Luther, b. Oct. 6, 1837, d. Sept. 14, 1907.
Isaac Henry, b. Aug. 27, 1844, m. Abbie M. Proctor. He d. Jan. 25,
2. Alonzo^ (Elii), .'^on Eli and Solome (Andrews) Howe,
was b. in Maine, m. May 19, 1839, Lucy R.. dau. John and
Betsey (Battle) Brown, d. March 27, 1842, m. secondly, April
27, 1843, Nancy Andrews. He moved to Bethel, Maine, where
he died about 1850. He was a carpenter and built in 1840, the
house on Main street owned by the late Capt. Damrell. Children :
Jane Elizabeth, b. 1840, d. May 7, 1842.
Edward Brown, b. 1842, d. Sept. 15, 1842.
3. Albion^ K. (Elii), b. April 7, 1821, m. Jan. 20, 1846, Eliza,
dau. Ma.son and Kezia (Perry) Brown, b. Feb. 12, 1827, d.
Jan. 17, 1914. He d. in Wellesley, Aug. 31, 1882. Albion Howe,
whose father was b. in Marlboro, was probably descended from
Ebenezer Howe, of Brookfield, who had several descendants by
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the name of "Albion," and of whom was Gen. Albion Paris
Howe, who served with distinction in the Mexican war, also in
the Civil war. Mr. Howe was a carpenter and lived on the
John Brown place on Farm street. He held many offices in
Dover of trust and responsibility. Children:
Emma E., b. Feb. i, 1847. m. Nov. i, 1868, Chester A. Bigelow
Marion M., b. Feb. 14. 1848, m. Apr. 3, 1868, Samuel Bliss.
Eugene, b. Nov. 27, 1852, d. Apr. 5, 1854.
Eugene, b. Nov. 22,, 1859, m. Apr. 26, 1892. Sarah Spaulding.
4. William2 A. (Elii), b. Jan. 22, 1825, m. Jan. 16, 1852,
Joanna D., dan. John and Mary D. (Bacon) DeMerritt, b. Nov.
8, 1830. He d. Jan. 21, 1896. Mr. Howe held many town
offices. He was a carpenter and manufacturer of shoe-filling.
He lived on Main street, where James D. Mann now lives.
Clara Ann, b. Mar. 27, 1854, m. Sept. 19, 1887, John N. Ellsworth, Jr.
Mary Helen, b. Jan. 18, 1857, d. Nov. 19, 1862.
William Babcock, b. July 18, i860, d. Nov. 11, 1862.
Nellie Jane. b. Sept. 7, 1862, d. Dec. i, 1862.
Mabel DeMerritt, b. June 21, 1865, m. Dec. 31, 1886, Chester C. Fuller.
Minot G.. b. Dec. 18, 1871, d. Mar. 11. 1872.
Luther^ P. Jennison (Nathan^), b. in Needham Aug. 27, 1815,
m. July 2, 1840, Rebecca Battelle, dau. Joel and Polly (Battelle)
Sawin, b. Aug. 31, 1820. He d. Jan. 7, 1883, at Utica, N. Y.
Mr. Jennison was a shoemaker by trade and hved in Dover for
some years where four of his children were born. He enhsted
in Co. E. i6th Reg. M. V. M. from Holliston in 1862 and was
for a long time a prisoner in Richmond. Wesley B. Jennison
enlisted in Co. B, i6th Reg. M. V. M., in 1862 and died in
Richmond in December 1863. Children :
Edward M., b. June 7, 1841, d. Sept. 30, 1847.
Wesley B., b. May 11, 1843, d. Dec. i, 1863.
Francis E., b. June 2, 1845. d. Sept. 18, 1847.
Luther P., b. Apr. 13, 1847.
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Ellen M., b. May 19, 1853.
Francis M., b. Aug. 27, 1856.
Clara L., b. Mar. 19, 1858, d. May 19, 1863.
John Jepson purchased the Samuel Wilson farm near the
"New Mill" in 1791. He was a shoemaker and followed his
trade here. The farm has long since been abandoned. He had
a wife Mary. Child:
John, b. Nov. 22, 1791.
I. Comfort H. Johnson, m. Susan. Mr. Johnson lived in
Dover for ten or twelve years but the house in which he lived is
unknown. Children :
Loring, b. Aug. 5, 1812.
Hannah, b. Dec. 16, 1814.
Benj. F., b. Apr. 12, 1817.
Ursula A., b. Apr. 30, 1820.
John Q. A., b. Nov. 15, 1822, d. Dec. 4, 1822.
Geo. Washington, b. Nov. 15, 1822.
I. John^ Jones (John^, Josiah-, Lewis^), b. Oct. 30, 1716, m.
Feb. 23, 1742-3 Hannah, dau. David and Sarah (Dyer) Morse of
Sherborn, b. Feb. 18, 1720-1, d. April 13, 1754, m. 2ndly, Oct. 31,
1754, Tabitha, dau. Nathaniel and Tabitha (Morse) Battelle,
b. June 25, 1731. d. Nov. 8, 1800. He d. Feb. 2, 1801. At the
time of the organization of the Springfield Parish, Mr. Jones was
the most prominent resident of the territory. He was bom in
Weston, and was descended in the fourth generation from Lewis
Jones, who came to this country about 1640 and settled in Rox-
bury where he and his wife Anna were members of John Eliot's
church. Later they moved to Watertown. Mr. Jones settled in
Dover in 1740 on the promontory and peninsular which formed
the extensive estate of the late Benjamin P. Cheney. He was a
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successful school teacher, a colonel in the militia, a deacon in
the Natick church, and a civil engineer, whose services were in
great demand. In 1762-3, under a commission issued by the
royal governor of Massachusetts, he made the first survey of Mt.
He was a "Justice of the Court of General Sessions of the
Peace of Suffolk County" under the colonial government, and
was also a justice of the peace under the state. He was pro-
prietor's clerk of Natick, and a guardian of the Natick Indians.
When Norfolk County was organized, in 1793, he was president
of the Court of General Sessions. Mr. Jones was chairman of
the first board of selectmen in Dover, also the first town or dis-
trict clerk. Children :
John, Jr., b. Feb. 4. 1743-4. d. July 4. 1776. res. Princeton.
Mehitable, b. Nov. 24, 1745, m. June 21. 1768, Samuel Cook,
Hannah, b. July 20, 1748, m. July 4, 1771, Enoch Brooks.
Dan, b. Feb. 28, 1 750-1, d. Oct. 9, 1752.
Amos, b. Nov. 29, 1753, d. Nov. 19, 1776, res. Princeton.
Tabitha. b. Sept. 13, 1755. m. Ephraim Dana, Natick.
Silence, b. Aug. 2, 1758, m. Moses Sawin, Natick.
(2) Adam, b. June 25, 1760.
Caroline, b. Aug. 9, 1764, m. John Leland, Sherborn.
Mary. b. Aug. 24, 1774, m. Mar. 9, 1795, Elijah Perry, Natick.
2. Adam^ (John^, John'^, Josiah^, Lewis^), b. June 25, 1760,
m. Dec. 28, 1786, Elizabeth, dau. Thomas and Mehitable (Fisher)
Ellis of Dedham, m. 2ndly, Feb. 10, 1792, Rebecca Baxter of
Princeton, who died Aug. 10. 1830. He died July 20, 1825. Mr.
Jones lived on the homestead on Dover street which he later
sold and moved to Princeton. Children :
Betsey, b. Feb. 8, 1794, d. Mar. 10, 1794.
Mary, b. July 10, 1795, d. Aug. 25, 1877.
Baxter, b. Nov. 24, 1799, d. Oct. 19. 1800.
Louisa, b. Dec. 8, 1800, d. July, 186S.
John, b. Nov. 5. 1892, d. July 13, 1850.
Lucinda, d. Jan. 15. 1878.
3. Samuel-'^ (Nathaniel^, Alden^, Anthony^, John^), b. Jan.
2, 1777, m. Mary Walker of Marlboro, m. 2ndly, May 21, 1834,
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Lurana, dau. Levi and Lurana (Morse) Sawin, b. April lo, I799-
Mr. Jones was b. in Hopkinton but was for many years a resi-
dent of Natick where he had seven or eight children born to him,
all of whom are said to have died comparatively young, except
Hiram \V. Samuel Jones married a second wife in Dover, and
took up his residence here having purchased the farm on Pine
street owned by the late George McKenzie. He was descended
from Col. John Jones of Hopkinton, the emigrant, who accord-
ing to tradition, came from Scotland. Col. Jones was in the
French and Indian War. Samuel Jones was descended in the
seventh generation from John and Priscilla Alden of the May-
flower. Child :
Ann Eliza, b. Feb. ii, 1835, m. Eleazer Bangs, Maiden.
4. Hiram*^ W. (SamueF', Alden^, Nathaniel^, Anthony-,
John^), b. Sept. 4, 1807, m. April 4, 1830, Lucy, dau. Reuben
and Lucy (Battelle) Griggs, b. Dec. 20, 1810, d. April 14, 1897.
He d. Dec. 2, 1875. Mr. Jones was born in what was known
as "Little South Natick." He was a carpenter and employed a
large force of men for his time. He erected many buildings in
Dover, Sherborn and Natick. While building the Natick Congre-
gational Church, he fell and sustained injuries which compelled
him to give up his business. He was town treasurer for many
years, a fire insurance agent, as well as farmer. He lived on
Farm street with his father-in-law Reuben Griggs. After giving
up his farm he resided on Main street where the late Henry R.
Stevens lived. He later moved with his family to Franklin, where
he spent his remaining days. Children :
Eveline E., b. 1831. m. May 20, 1852, John Q. A. Nichols.
Parthena G., b. Apr. 21, 1834, m. A-tay 15, 1862, C. E. Hammet. Jr.
Mary M., b. Jan. 27, 1839, d. July, 1854.
Arabella, b. Dec, 1845, d. Aug., 1847.
Alice J., b. Sept. 20, 1848.
Inez L., b. Nov. 10. 1851.
5. Waldo, b. Oct. 14, 1854, d. Dec. 21, 1862.
5. Stephen- Sharp Clark Jones (Joseph^). Sept. 26, i8ti,
m. April 21, 1834, Rebecca, dau. Samuel Belcher and Hannah
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(Mellish) Lyon, b. in Dorchester, Sept. 20, 181 1, d. Sept. 17,
1900. He d. Jan. 5, 1861. Mr. Jones was born in Brookline,
where he was postmaster for several years. In 185 1
his health failed and he moved to Dover, occupying the farm
owned by the late Henry R. Stevens, on Main street. Children :
Joseph, b. Aug. 5, 1835, d. May 8, 1877, res. Holbrook.
Rebecca, b. Mar. 2, 1837, d. Jan. 31, 1841.
Susan S., b. Mar. 21, 1840, d. Sept. 21, 1841.
(6) Theodore F., b. July 25. 1842, d. Apr. 20, 1885.
Rebecca, b. June 27, 1844, d. Aug. 16, 1846.
Edith, b. Sept. 30, 1853, d. 1853.
6. Theodore^ F. (Stephen- S. C, Joseph^), b.July 25, 1842,
m. Sept. 25, 1872, Helen M., dau. Theodore and Caroline (Bab-
cock) Dunn., b. May 9, 1850. He d. April 20, 1885. Mr. Jones
was for many years in business in China where one of his chil-
dren, Charles Lyon, was born. He returned to Dover with his
family in 1884 and purchased the Ann Harding farm on Main
street where he died a few months later. Children :
Amy C, b. Jan. 10, 1874, m. Sept. 14, 1903, William Levis.
Robert Sharp, b. Oct. 14, 1875, m. Greensburg, Pa., Mar. 21, 1905,
Chas. Lyon, b. Dec. 17, 1877, m. Greensburg, Pa., Oct. 17, 1906, Olive
Theodore Francis b. Dec. 5, 1885, Prof, University New York.
I. Richard^ Kenrick (Calebs Caleb*, Caleb^, John2, Johni),
son of Caleb and Elizabeth (Richards) Kenrick. was b. March
2, 1800, m. Oct. 3, 1824, Sylvia, dau. of John and Abigail (Pratt)
Burrage, b. Jan. 9, 1794, d. in 1867. He died in February, 1881.
Mr. Kenrick with his brothers, Caleb and John, settled in Dover.
They were born in Newton and were descended from John
Kenrick who is said to have been bom in York, England, in 1605.
He was Boston as early as 1639 and took the freeman's oath
in 1640. He owned a wharf, on the east side of the town dock,
which he sold in 1652. In 1658 he bought a farm of 250 acres
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on Charles river, within the Hmits of Boston. His house stood
near a bridge crossing Charles river, which was later named
"Kenrick Bridge." Some of his descendants settled in Newton
and it is from this branch that the Dover family is descended.
Mr. Kenrick was a school teacher and taught school in Newton,
and Dover. He came to this town with his family in 1852, to
care for his mother-in-law, Mrs. Burrage, who lived to the
advanced age of 95 years. Mr. Kenrick engaged in a small
way in agricultural pursuits and was the first station agent of
the Air Line Railroad. We note the changed condition since
Mr. Kenrick's time when, on the P^ourth of July the railroad
ran extra trains to carry the people to the city. Now on all
holidays the train service is curtailed and travel to the city has
largely ceased. With the increase in holidays it is interesting
to remember that as late as the middle of the last century only
two holidays were generally observed. Fast Day and Thanks-
giving. Mr. Kenrick held the position of station agent for
several years and was succeeded by Isaac Henry Howe. After
the death of his wife in 1867, Mr. Kenrick went to live with his
daughter in Canton, where he died in 1882. Children :
Susannah C, b. Feb. 26, 1826, d. May 11, 1886.
Julia A., b. Nov. 9, 1827, d. June 22, 1887.
Elizabeth R., b. Dec. 23, 1829, d. Dec. 22. 1896.
Ellen, b. June 2"/, 1832, m. Feb. 2, 1865, A. E. Tucker. Canton.
2. Caleb^ (Caleb-'', Caleb^, Caleb'"^, John-, Johni), b. March 3,
1808. m. June 30, 1859, Mrs. Mary A. (Welch) McClure, b.
June 2, 1835, d. July 22, 1908. He d. Dec. 3, 1877. Mr. Ken-
rick was a stone mason and followed his trade, in addition to
the work on his little farm on Glen street. He did some excel-
lent stone masonry in Doyer and vicinity, which stands as a
monument to his skill as a workman. Child :
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 8, i860, d. Feb. 17. 1863.
3. John^ (Calebs Caleb^ Caleb-^ John-, Johni). b. Feb. 28,
1817, m. Oct. i,'i84i, Abigail, dau. James Munroe and Rebecca
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(Twiss) Ingalls, b. July 27, 1820, d. July i, 1888. He died June
2, 1892, Mr. Kenrick purchased the Seth Mason place on
Farm street and devoted much attention to fruit culture. His
apple orchard was for many years one of the largest in Nor-
folk County and has been an object of great interest. It is an
interesting fact that the first nursery of note in the New England
Colonies was established, in 1790, by John Kenrick of Newton,
when he set out five orchards of fruit trees. In 1791 he planted
two acres of Lombardy poplars, a favorite tree with our ances-
tors. Now that even tropical fruit is plentiful all the year, it is
interesting to note that in Mr. Kenrick's day oranges entirely
disappeared by the middle of May and were not seen again in
the market until midwinter. Figs sold for four cents a pound a
half century ago and many farmers bought them by the drum for
their families. Mr. Kenrick built new buildings and made his
farm one of the most attractive in town. He was a blacksmith
by trade and for many years followed this occupation in the win-
ter season. He was a man of the strictest piety and a devout
member and deacon in the Baptist Church. He was averse to
holding public office, but was in favor of town improvements.
He was very much interested in the Grange, and while its ma-
terial benefits appealed to him, yet he was not in favor of mak-
ing it a self-centered work. He liked to dwell upon the Grange
principles, especially the following, which appealed to his sym-
pathies and reason : To develop a better and higher manhood and
womanhood among ourselves. To enhance the comforts and at-
tractions of our homes, and strengthen our attachments to our
pursuits. To foster mutual understanding and co-operation. To
maintain inviolate Our laws, and to emulate each other in labor
to hasten the good time coming. To reduce our expenses, both
individual and corporate. To buy less and produce more, in
order to make our farms self-sustaining. To diversify our
crops, and crop no more than we can cultivate. To condense
the weight of our exports, selling less in the bushel and more
on hoof and in fleece; less in lint and more in warp and woof.
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To systematize our work, and calculate intelligently on prob-
abilities. To discountenance the credit system, the mortgage
system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bank-
ruptcy. Children :
Caroline R., b. Nov. 30, 1842. d. Sept. 6, 1847.
Althea, b. Mar. 2, 1845, d. Mar. 31. 1893.
Mary C, b. Sept. 4. 1848. d. May 8, 1891.
Luella G., b. July 19, 1854, d. Dec. 7, 1875.
Abbie A., b. Mar. 8. 1857, m. Ephraim Childs, Cumberland, Me.
Theodosa, b. June 23, i860, d. Mar. 8, 1863.
(4) Benjamin, b. Apr. 25, 1850.
4. Benjamin"^ (John^, Caleb'^, Caleb^ Caleb^, John^ John^).
b. Apr. 25, 1850, m. Feb. 9, 1874, Evangeline St. Clare, dau.
Henry and Mary (Harrison) Archer; m. 2ndly, June 30, 1880,
Charlotte V., dau. Samuel and Sarah Dean (French) Scammon :
m. 3rd, Sept. 9, 1893, Mrs. Margaret M. (Clark) Webster.
Mr. Kenrick occupied his fathers farm for some years, but later
sold it to Philip Gardner. Child :
Emma May, b. June r6, 1876, d. Nov. 2, 1893.
Note — Oliver- Kenrick (Elijah) served in the Springfield Parish Company of
Minute Men at the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 1775. His intention of marriage with
Elizabeth, dau. James and Sybil (Littlefield) Cheney was published Oct. 21, i775-
He was then of Warwick. In 1760 his parents, Elijah and Ruth Kendrick, were
warned out of Needham.
Ezra Keyes, m. Apr. 4, 1830, Elizabeth P., dau. of Richard
and Joanna Colburn. Mrs. Keyes was a sister of Warren Col-
burn, the author of Colburn's Arithmetics which did so much
to improve the methods of teaching in public schools. Mrs.
Keyes' father was for .some time a resident of Dover and worked
as he had opportunity for farmers. Mr. Keyes was a blacksmith
and came here from \\'indsor Locks, Conn. In 1830 he built
the house on Willow street now owned by Mrs. Davidson. He
moved from this town to Walpole. Children :
Joanna Eaton, b. Feb. 28, 1831.
Nancy Colburn, b. June 2. 1833.
Warren Colburn, b. Apr. 4, 1835.
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Hannah Elizabeth, b. June 12, 1837.
Abby F., bpt. Sept. 3, 1843.
George, bpt. Jan. i, 1846.
Alvin Leonard, b. June 16, 1849.
William King, m. Anna and was an early settler on
Powisset street, in the vicinity of what was called "Egypt."
This name was given to the place on account of the surround-
ing hills and forests which made the place very dark.''' He was
a blacksmith and had a shop in connection with his farm. He
had a secret process for tempering steel, and Partridge, the
manufacturer of the celebrated "Partridge forks," is said to
have gotten his secret from him. The story is told of a neigh-
bor who took some work to him with the intention of seeing
hoWi the thing was done. He watched the process for a time,
when he was suddenly asked to fetch a pail of water, when he
returned the job was done. Children :
Mary, b. May 19, 1764, m. Apr. 24, 1793, Joseph Spear.
Anna, b. May 8, 1765.
William, b. Aug. 4, 1768.
David, b. Oct. 21, 1778.
*One finds in the town records references to such places as the "Ohio pasture," a
name given to the place because it was so difficult to reach. These names were
given in the years when the West was being settled.
Jesse Knapp was a prominent citizen of the Springfield Par-
ish during the first year of the Revolutionary War. He was a
sergeant in Capt. Ebenezer Battle's company, at the Lexington
Alarm, and is said to have been of great assistance to Capt.
Battle. At one time he held the command of the company. He
was a blacksmith and had his shop on Springdale park. He
lived on the Skimmings' place on Main street, which he sold to
Silas Bacon in 1791, and moved from town. Children:
Rhoda, b. Oct. 9, 1761.
Javan, b. May i. 1764.
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Nahum, b. July 21, 1766.
Sally, b. Dec. 23, 1768.
Joash, b. Mar. 6, 1771.
1. Josiah^ Knowlton (William^ Daniel^), b. 1770, m. Oct.
13. ^797. Meriam, dau. John and Abigail (Cheney) Draper, b.
1776. d. Feb. 21, 1809. He d. Aug. 6, 1829. A-Iembers of the
Knowlton family settled in Dover more than a century ago. In
1 8 19 Josiah Knowlton bought the Josiah Hammond place on
Center street, which he later sold to his brother Charles, who
owned it until 1831. Children:
(2) Alvan, b. Dec. 22, 1797.
William, b , m. Sarah Farnum and settled in Salem.
Charles b. , m. Adaline Wctherell and settled in Waltham.
2. x\lvan^ (Josiah^, William-, DanieP), b. Dec. 22, 1797, m.
Sept. 8, 1822, Lucy, dau. Samuel and Olive (Rice) Perry, b.
Nov. 10, 1803, d. Oct. 20, 1868. He d. Aug. 7. 1867. Mr.
Knowlton was a cordwainer by trade. He purchased the Rog-
ers fann on Pleasant street in 1821 and continued to live there
until 1831, when he moved to Waltham. Children:
Lucy P.. b. Apr. 11, 1823, m. Nov. 24. 1842. Henry Morse, Wellesley.
William W., b. June 27, 1827, m. Martha E. Darragh, res. Natick.
Charles R.. b. June 3. 1829, d. July 29. 1893, in Natick.
Abigail M., b. Oct. 15, 1833. m. Charles O. Bartlett.
Ann K.. b. Sept.. 1835, d. Oct., 1836, in Wellesley.
Margaret A., b. Oct. 10. 1836, m. Apr. 24, 1853, Cyrus J. Littlefield.
"George A., b. Oct. 13. 1839, m. Hannah Olmstead. res. Natick.
I. Thomas* Larrabee (Thomas-^, Thomas-, EphraimM, b.
Aug. 15, 1752, m. Jiune, 1778, Bathsheba Morse of Dedham, b.
June 24, 1753, d. Nov. 10, 1843. He died July 10, 1832. Mr.
Larrabee was descended from Ephraim Larrabee, who was of
Charlestown in 1717 and later at Stoneham (1729). His father,
Thomas T>arrabee, lived at Wobum, and was in the French and
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Indian War. Mr. Larrabee was the most prominent private of
the Springfield Parish in the Revolution. In his early manhood
he was in the employ of Jabez Baker, who also served in the
Revolutionary War, and in preparing to enter the service took
a grist of grain to mill for Mr. Baker, that the family might
not be without meal in their absence. To illustrate how all con-
tributed toward the success of the Revolution, it is still repeated
around Dover firesides that the miller took no toll for the grist
because he wanted to contribute his mite toward the success of
the Revolution. Mr. Larrabee was one of General Washing-
ton's Life Guards and rendered an important Revolutionary ser-
vice. He was a man of large stature and strong personality, and
for many years entertained the young men as they gathered
around the bar-room of the William's Tavern with stories of
the war. Mr. Larrabee used to tell the amusing story* of the
Irishman, who, at Trenton, captured five Hessians and brought
them into camp. On being asked by Washington how he ac-
complished such a feat, he replied, 'T surrounded them, sir."
While stationed at Valley Forge there was a Tory near by who
had a large quantity of turnips which he refused the American
Army. On one occasion he was discovered carting a load to the
British Army, whereupon the Americans took possession of the
turnips and compelled him to do some shoveling; while thus
engaged the soldiers tantalized him with the exclamation, "O,
how good those turnips taste." During the seige of Boston
British officers were very overbearing. The story is told of an
officer who entered a barber's shop and demanded a shave. Lay-
ing his sword on the barber's table, he told him that if he drew
a drop of blood on his face it would cost him his life. The bar-
ber invited him to sit right down and take his shave. After the
work was finished the officer said, "How did you dare to shave
me under the conditions?" "Well," said the barber, "if I had
drawn a drop of blood on your face I should have cut your
throat from ear to ear." Then the officer realized the danger
*There are those still living who recall these stories as told by his son, Joseph
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to which he had exposed himself. Mr. Larrabee learned to
cobble shoes, and during the winter months, it is said, repaired
the boots of Army officers at Valley Forge.
The Larrabee estate was located in the easterly part of the
town on Strawberry hill, but some distance from the highway.
He originally selected a site still farther south and dug a cellar
preparatory to building, but visiting the premises with his
fiancee, Miss Morse, she refused to live there, as she saw several
rattlesnakes in the vicinity. Children:
Jonathan, b. Sept. 14, 1780, m. 1804, Sally Warren, d. Dec. 20,
1845, by fall in the barn.
Thomas, b. July 11, 1784, d. Oct. 25, 179.3.
Rebecca, b. Oct. 12, 1783, m. Stephen Pettingell.
(2) Joseph, b. Mar. 31, 1788.
Hannah, b. July 5. 1791, d. Oct. 12, 1793.
Josiah, b. Dec. 17. 1778, d. Oct. 15, 1793.
2. Joseph-^ (Thomas"', Thomas-', Thomas-, Ephraim"'), b.
Mar. 31, 1788, m. May 7, 1835, Charlotte, dau. Seth and Mary
Wight) Wight, b. July 16, 1795, d. July 29, 1843, m. 2ndly Dec.
26, 1847, Mary, dau. of Caleb and Levina (Morse) Wight,
b. June 17, 1804, d. June 6, 1864. He died July 2-/, 1873. He
was a man of marked character, a deacon of the First Parish
Church, a great reader of the Bible and the Farmers' Almanac.
Being a student of the Bible and living in the age of "proof
texts," he was well equipped to support his faith in the unity
of God with Bible texts. He had great contempt for newspa-
pers, and never read or allowed one to be read in his presence.
He was a great walker and strenuously refused to ride in a
railway train. Although he lived for some years in the westerly
part of the town, and frequently visited Natick, which liad early
railroad facilities, and although later a railroad came to Dover,
it is believed that he never rode in a train. He was a man of
marked piety, and for many years was the sole survivor of the
ancient custom of standing during the long prayer in the church
service. He was most thoroughly possessed with the spirit of
devotion, and when too feeble to attend the church services he
Shoe Shop once found on Dover farms
Horse Block or Mounting Stone
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would go out to a high rock in the vicinity of his home and
worship there during the hour of the morning service.
Mr. Larrabee originally willed his property to the First Par-
ish Church, but subsequently gave it to the town for the aid of
the worthy poor, who had gained a legal residence, thinking it
would do more good in this way. The little property is in the
hands of a board of trustees, who annually report to the town.
The income is to be expended in aid of the poor not already
wards of the town. Many may be blessed in future years by
his benefaction. The Old Farmers' Almanac, by Robert B.
Thomas, was his secular bible. It hung by its loop over the
mantlepiece in the kitchen. It was daily taken down, faithfully
consulted and then replaced until its days of authority were
ended. A writer in the New England Mazagine says : One of
the most interesting themes in the history of American literature
is that of the evolution and influence of early almanacs. They
preceded by more than fifty years newspapers, primers and
nearly all the secular volumes printed in New England. We
can scarcely realize the zealous interest and respect given to
those early almanacs, whose literature, first limited to astronomi-
cal calculations, was gradually expanded to include astrology,
geology, history, epigrams, riddles, prose and poetical efforts,
often apposite and stimulating. Children :
Joseph, b. 1837, d. Jan. 17, 1842.
Hannah M.. b. May 27. 1838, d. Jan. 14, 1842.
Warren- Leeds (Samuel^), b. 181 1, m. 1843, Mary T., dau.
Samuel and Ruth Porter (Horton) Alden of Milton, b. 181 7,
d. Mar. 23, 1899. He died Feb. 25, 1889. Mr. Leeds belonged
to an old Dorchester family. He bought the Geo. D. Hall farm
on Walpole street in 1858 and lived there until 1870, when he
sold the place and moved to County street. Children :
Frances M., b. in Dorchester, m. 1854. Gardiner Adams, Somerville.
Mary E., b. in Dorchester, m. 1862, Charles Adams, Somerville.
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Joseph W., b. in Dorchester, m. 1869, Henrietta C. Thayer.
Emma A., b. in Dorchester.
Theodore A., b. in South Boston, m. 1881, Julia E. Pitcher, Cam-
Caroline S., b. in South Boston.
Charles F., b. in Dover, 1859, m. 1889, Mary A. Cook.
1. James^ Mann (James^, Petetiah^, Samuel-. William^), b.
1752, m. Feb. 25, 1775, Lydia, dau. of Daniel and Kezia (Ellis)
Chickering, b. 1752, d. Sept. 22, 1834. He died Feb. 3, 1824.
Mr. Mann was the first of the family to settle in Dover. He
was a son of Capt. James Mann of Natick, who filled various
town offices and was prominent in the Colonial and Revolution-
ary Wars. The Mann homstead lay south of the center of the
town (George C. Taylor place, ofif Walpole street) and was
originally a part of the Chickering estate. The Dover family
is descended from William Mann, who settled in Cambridge.
He is reported to have been born in Kent County. England,
about 1607, and was the youngest of eleven children. It is said
of the Mann family in England that it was highly respected
and was honored on several occasions in successive periods with
royal favor. Individuals filled important offices under the gov-
ernment and secured public confidence and esteem by their
fidelity in the performance of duty. Children :
(2) Daniel, b. Mar. 23, 1777.
(3) Simeon b. Mar. 10, 1779.
Betsey, b. , m. June 10, 1801. Josiah Newell.
(4) James, b.
2. Daniel^ (James-'^, James^, Petetialr", Samuel-, William^),
b. Mar. 23, 177, m. May 20, 1802, Rachel, dau. of Fisher and
Rachel (Smith) Allen, b. Sept. 20. 1779, d. May 21. i860. He
died Mar. 4, 1859. Mr. Mann was for many years a master
builder, having many men in his employ. He did much building
in Dedham and Needham, as well as Dover. He abandoned his
trade and for a time was engaged in iron manufacturing. Later
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he devoted his attention to farming. Mr. Mann was one of the
town's most prominent citizens, a "village referee," to whom was
referred many cases in dispute, and his judgment was ahvays im-
plicitly relied upon. He was for more than twenty years a Jus-
tice of the Peace and held important town offices, having been
for many years a member of the board of selectmen, assessors
and overseers of the poor. He did efficient work in gaining
railroad facilities and was ever ready to give time, effort and
of his means to promote the best interests of the town. He was
the first fire insurance agent in Dover, having had from the first
the agency of the Norfolk Mutual Fire Insurance Company of
Dedham, which was organized in 1825. Mr. Mann's residence
was on Dedham street. Children :
Lydia. b. July 14, 1804, m. May 28. 1823, Rufus Battelle.
Rachel A., b. Aug. 12, 1807, m. Sept. 7, 1849, Dea. Ralph Battelle,
Daniel, b. Feb. 4, 1810, d. Aug. 22, 1813.
Betsey, b. June ,^0, 1813, m. Oct. 14, 1834, Luther Richards.
Lucy Maria, b. June 18, 1816, m. May 25, 1841, Calvin Richards.
(5) Daniel Fisher, b. Aug. 17. 1822, m. Apr. 3, 1851, Sarah J. Battelle.
3. Simeon^ (James-'', James"^, Petetiah"^, Samuel-, William^),
b. Mar. 10, 1779, m. 1802 Persis, dau. Jonathan and Mary (Le-
land) Leland, of Sherborn, b. June 6, 1780. His farm was on
Walpole street. Farmers were resourceful. When the govern-
ment first issued adhesive stamps they would not stick. It was
soon found, however, that by wetting the paper instead of the
stamp it could be made to stick, and this practice is still kept up
by some elderly persons and those who would avoid the microbes
held on exposed postage stamps. Children :
(6) Willard, b.
(7) Leland, b. July 11, 1805.
(8) Ellis, b. Mar. 4. 1808.
4. James^ (James"', James"^, Petetiah^, Samuel-, William^),
b. July 10, 1785, m. Nov. 28, 1805, Clarissa, dau. Seth and Mary
(Wight) Wight, b. Nov. 3, 1785, d. July 21, 1859; lived on
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Main street where the late Elbridge L. Mann lived. He died
Apr. 23, 1861. Children:
James, b. Apr. 8, 1806, d. Mar. 11, 1850, res. New York City.
Lorenzo, b. Mar. 13, 1809, d. Apr. 13, 1850, res. New York City.
Clara, b. Sept. 9, 181 1, d. Nov. 28, 1S80.
(9) Daniel, b. Apr. 12, 1814, d. Oct. 13, 1878
Moses, b. Oct. 26, 1816, d. Oct. 19, 1881, res. New York City.
Lucretia, b. Feb. 15, 1819, m. 1844. Rufus Campbell.
Austin Gilbert, b. Apr. 21, 1823, d. Jan. 2^, 1844.
Charlotte Augusta, b. July 29, 1825, m. 1846, Hollis Mann.
5. DanieF Fisher (Daniel^, James-'*, James^, Petetiah^, Sam-
ueF, William^), b. Aug. 17, 1882, m. Apr. 3, 1850, Sarah Jane,
dan. William and Sarah (Brooks) Battelle of Prov-
idence, b. Dec. 25, 1827, d. June 15, 1867; m. 2ndly Nov.
28, 1871, Mary W., dau. Calvin and Caroline (Burrage) Bar-
den, b. Dec. 27, 1830, d. Nov. 19, 1894. Mr. Mann lived for
many years on the farm at the foot of Strawberry hill street,
but later moved to Needham. Children :
Ida Jane, b. May 19. 1852, m. Oct. 11, 1876, Henry L. Grover.
Isabelle Battelle, b. July 20, 1859, m. Jan. 26, 1887, Albert M. Miller,
6. Willard'^ (Simeon^, James^, James^, Petetiah-". Samuel-,
William^), b. Apr. 7, 1803, m. Dec, 14, 1826, Abigail, dau. Josiah
and Kazia (Knowlton) Draper, b. Mar. 28, 1802, d. May 23,
1875. Built the house on Farm street owned by the late Asa
Talbot. He died 1840; after his death Mrs. Mann sold the farm
and built at the centre of the town ; she willed her property to
the Evangelical Congregational Society, and her house was made
a part of the parsonage in 1872. Children :
Willard Draper, b. July 23, 1829, d. Mar. 20, 1844.
Persis Ann, b. Apr. 18, 1831, d. July 13. 1850.
Abigail, b. July 2"], 1833, d- Feb. 14, 1835.
Albion Francis, b. July 5, 1837, d. Feb. 5, 1852.
7. Leland^ (Simeon'', James^, James-'', James"*, Petetiah^,
SamueF, William^), b. July 11, 1805, m. 1829 Sarepta Bur-
bank of Raynham, b. 1810, d. Dec. 8, 1848. He owned the Bart-
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lett farm on Farm street, where he died Nov. 17, 1843, leaving
8. EUis" (Simeon^, James^, James*, Petetiah^, Samuel^, Wil-
liam^), b. Mar. 4, 1808, m. Oct. 14, 1823, Betsey, dau. Caleb
and Levina (Morse) Wight, b. Sept. 8, 1808, d. Aug. 9, 1870.
He died Aug. 23. 1873. Mr. Mann lived for a time on the Mann
homestead, then bought the farm on Main street where his son,
the late Elbridge L. Mann, lived. Children:
Mary L., b. May 20, 1831, m. Alfred Cutler, Holliston.
(10) Elbridge L., b. May 14, 1834.
George H., b. Aug. 7. 1840, res. Maiden.
9. Daniel' (James^, James*'', James*, Petetiah^, Samuel-,
William*), b. Apr. 12, 1814, m. Apr. 17, 1838, Mary P., dau.
Joseph and Eunice (Felch) Corliss of Natick, b. Nov. 18, 1820,
d. May 12, 1903. He was a carpenter by trade and lived on
Main street. The incessant toil of farm life was sometimes
broken by the "fish fry" when the people of a neighborhood
gathered on the banks of Charles River. The men and boys
caught and dressed the fish which the women fried to "a turn"
in their frying pans and served to the company with an abun-
dance of other good things with which they had come laden.
Such occasions are still recalled by elderly people. Children:
Sarah A., b. Oct. 12, 1838, m. Sept. 10, 1855, Henry J. Hanks.
Mary E., b. Apr. 14, 1843, m. George A. Blake, res. Wellesley.
(11) James G., b. Jan. 30, 1846.
Susan A., b. Jan. 23, 1849, m. Chas. N. Pierce.
Charlotte L., b. Nov. 23, 1850.
Eliza J., b. Nov. 15, 1852, m. Augustine Varney.
William H., b. Oct. 23, 1854, m. Cassandra Farren, res. Medfield.
Moses, b. Apr. 9 1857, d. young.
Carrie F., b. Nov. 15, i860, m. Orrison E. Coleman.
Joseph D., b. Jan. 23, 1865. Went to Alaska.
10. Elbridge^ L. (Ellis", Simeon^, James-"*, James*, Petetialr,
Samuel^, William*), b. May 14, 1834, m. Nov. 2y, 1864, Adeline
B., dau. Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. Dec. 23,
1843, d. July 31, 1886. He d. Mar. 2 1814.
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Mr. Mann played the violin and in his younger days on long
winter evenings played in neighbors' homes to the great delight of
the children. He was much interested in local history and com-
municated interesting facts as late as 1912, which have enriched
these pages. Children :
Lillian Jane, b. May 31, 1866.
Maurice Walton, b. Jan. 19, 1869.
George Ellis, b. Nov. 25, 1870.
Elsie Maria, b. Oct. 10, 1872. d. Jan. 26, 1896.
Sara Alice, b. July 13, 1874, d. Nov. 4, 1898.
II. James^'^ G. (DanieF, James*"', James'', James'*, Petetiah^,
Samuel-, William^), b. Jan. 30, 1846, m. Jan., 1866, Lydia Ann,
dau. Miles and Elizabeth Jones, b. Sept. 3, 1845, d. May 10,
1871 ; m. 2ndly Luella Barrows, m. 3rdly, July 4, 1885, Mrs. Mary
Boundford, dau. John and Catherine Rosendon. Children :
Alice L., b. Sept. 5, 1867.
Nellie, b. Sept. 4, 1870, d. Aug. 4, 1871.
Addie E., b. Aug. 13, 1868, d. 1872.
James R. D.. b. Mar. 24, 1883, d. Apr. 30. 1901.
I. Jeremiah Marden, b. Apr. 10, 1796, m. Apr. 25, 1819,
Mary L.. dau. David O. and Sally (Blake) Bodge, b. 1799, d.
May 26, 1886. He died Jan. 20, 1852. Mr. Marden was born
in Newton. He settled on Willow street, Charles River. He
was a stone mason and did much work in Needham and West
Roxbury. The fine stone wall which for so many years sur-
rounded the Bussey farm will be recalled by many ; these walls
were built by Mr. Marden. In later life he was seriously in-
jured by the premature discharge of a blast in a well which he
was building. When he could no longer work at his trade he
kept a little variety store in his house. Mrs. Marden is remem-
bered as a woman deeply interested in all public afifairs. She
survived her husband many years and spent much time during
the latter years of her life in making silk bed quilts, which she
presented to friends and the poor who needed them. Mrs. Mar-
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den was a constant attendant at the First Parish Church and
kept up the custom until about 1880 of using during the winter
the "foot stove" in the church service. Children:
(2) Charles, b. Mar. i, 1821.
Ellis, b. Jan. 8, 1823, m. Dec. 25, 1845, Mary P. Webster.
2. Charles-' (Jeremiahi), b. Mar. i, 1821, m. Oct. 12, 1843,
Emily J., dau. and Lois (Proctor) Haynes. He built a
house on Willow street in 1850. He was a carpenter and moved
with his family to Dedham in 1856. He went to California in
1849. -^t that time there was a big rush for the gold fields
and some Dover men, with families, were left behind because
they could not get passage. Children :
Charles E., b. Dec. 3, 1844, d. Aug. 12, 1845.
Charles P., b. Nov. 30, 1847, d. Sept. 17, 1849.
H. Everett, b. Aug. 11, 1851, m. Ada M. Bean, res. Dedham.
I. John- Mason (Johni), b. Aug. 6, 1651, m. EHzabeth .
He died Apr. 9, 17 14. Although not as numerous as some, the
Mason family is yet one of the oldest in town. Seth and Jona-
than were assessed a poll tax in the first assessment in the parish
in 1732, and their father, perhaps, lived here. They were de-
scended from John Mason, who married in Dedham, in 165 1,
Mary Eaton. The original Mason place was on Farm street
and is now owned by Philip Gardner. Children:
John, b. Sept. 20, 1695.
Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1697.
(2) Seth, b. Feb. 19, 1701.
Abigail, b. Apr. 18, 1703.
(3) Jonathan, b. May 27, 1705.
Hannah, b. May i, 1710.
Noah. b. Oct. 14, 1712.
2. Seth^ (John^, John^), b. Feb. 19, 1701, m. June 27, 1734,
Rebecca Andrews. Mr. Mason lived on the original homestead
on Farm street. His son Moses lived on the same street with
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his father for a time, and owned the Charles F. Lyman place.
He made the farm through the purchase of several pieces of
land. He moved from town in 1783. Children:
Seth, b. Apr. 2, 1735, d. Mar. 8. 1747.
(4) John, b. Aug. 23, 1737, d. Oct. 19, 1805.
Judith, b. Sept. 15, 1740.
Rebecca, b. Sept. 19, 1742, m. Eleazer Allen.
Phebe. b. June 2, 1745.
Mehitable, b. June 9, 1747, m. Asa Mason, Jr., Medfield.
(5) Seth, b. July 12, 1749.
Moses, b. Mar. 11, 1752.
Simeon, b. Mar. 25, 1754.
3. Jonathan^ (John-, John^), b. May 27, 1705, m. May 13.
1730, Hepzibas Morse. Mr. Mason lived in the west part of
Dover at the extreme end of Wight street on the left. He sold
his little farm to Seth Wight in 1747 and moved from town.
This land is now included in the Arthur E. Davis farm; the
house was abandoned many years ago. Children :
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 6, 1730-1.
Mary, b. Sept. 12, 1732.
Hepzibah, b. Sept. 29, 1734.
4. John^ (Seth^, John-, John^), b. Aug. 23, 1737, m. Nov.
19, 1789, Margery, dau. Zeckariah and Sarah (Rich) Mason of
Medfield, b. 1744, d. 1813. He died Oct. 19, 1805. Mr. Mason
lived on the homestead and willed his farm to his brothers
Simeon and Seth. having no issue.
5. Seth-* (Seth^. John^, John^), b. July 12, 1749, m. May 26,
1803, Mary Robbins, d. 1833, m. 2ndly 1835, Mrs. Betsey Sted-
man of Needham, d. 1881. Like other members of his family
he was a quiet and respected citizen and was but little in public
life. He was the last survivor of his family in town. He sold
his farm to John Kenrick and spent the remaining years of his
life on the Joseph Chickering farm on Haven street.
6. Asa'* (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer-, Thomas^), b. 1727, m. 1755,
Beriah, dau. Isaac and Esther (Mann) Fisher of ^^'rentham, b.
June 20, 1734. He settled on Pine street and owned the farm
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occupied by the late Jonathan Whiting. He was a cooper as
well as farmer. In 1777 he bought his brother's interest in his
father's estate in Medfield and in 1785 sold his Dover farm. He
was killed by a fall in his barn in 1803 and his wife died the
following year. The custom of greasing one's boots, one of the
joys not indulged in by modern boys, is well described in the
Perhaps you never did any of it. Maybe you came into the
world in these later days, when few boys even know the feel of
a leather boot. If so, you have our heartfelt sympathy. A boy
who has grown to manhood and never worn out several dozen
pairs of boots has missed half his life.
With the first nip of winter, father took you down to the
country store, and you had the fun of "trying on." The wooden
pegs came up through the soles, and the clerk used to rasp them
out before you put your foot into them. Do you remember the
lovely "leathery" smell of 'em ? And how careful you were the
first few days to keep them clean and nice ? Ah, me ! it was
only for a day or two.
When the snow came, and you had finished your fun and done
your chores, you came in with your feet cold and sometimes
wet. It was then you got the saucer of tallow from up on the
shelf and put it on the stove to melt, after which you proceeded
to give the boots a thorough greasing. In the morning they
would be fairly soaked with "taller," but it took a lot of pulling
and hauling, reinforced with strenuous kicks against the wood-
shed door, before those wrotched boots would go on. And to
think that boys grow up nowadays and never know the joy of
•wearing boots ! Children :
Beriah, b. 1756, d. 1825.
Ebenezer, b. 1757, d. 1802.
Abigail, b. 1759. m. 1782, Samuel Fisher.
Eunice, b. 1762. m. 1785, Samuel Moulton, m. 2ndly. John Adams.
Esther, b. 1764, m. 1788. Timothy Harding, Medway.
Asa, b. 1766, m. 1789. Hitty Mason, settled in Barre.
Sarah, b. 1768, m. 1793, Lemuel Herring.
Amos, b. 1773, d. 1776 .
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Nathan, b. 1778, d. 1798.
Kezia, b. 1770, m. 1789, William P. Allen, Medfield, m. 2ndly 1809,
David Cleveland, Dover, m. jrdly, Nov. 9, 1826, Maj. Gen. Elijah
I. John- McClure (Alexander^), b. Ayr, Scotland, Dec. 19,
1855, m. Dec. 8, 1885, Caroline, dan. Warren and Emeline
(Goulding) Blackmen, b. Apr. 17, 1864. He d. Feb. 16, 191 1.
Mr. McClure was a farmer and the first superintendent of
streets. The roads were much improved under his supervision,
the town making a large increase in its appropriations for high-
ways. He occupied the farm of his stepfather, Caleb Kenrick,
on Glen street. The superintendents of the Baptist Sunday
school were as follovys : Charles Kerby, John Kenrich, Henry
Horton, Timothy Bailey, John McClure. Children :
William, b. Mar. 3, 1887, m. June 22, 1910. Margaret Graham. Chil-
dren: Esther G., b. Apr. i, 1912, Ethel M., b. Apr. 25, 1915.
Mary E., b. Sept. 24, 1889, m. June 22, 1910, George R. S. Newcomb.
Children: George W., b. May 13, 191 1, Dorothy E., b. Feb. i, 1913.
Edith C. b. May 23, 1892, m. June 22. 1915. Geo. F. Munroe.
I. Thomas^ McGill (James^), b. in Girvan, Scotland, Mar.
II, 1828, m. May 20, 1856, Jane, dau. of John and Janet (Wis-
hart) Smiley, b. Glasgow, Scotland, June 8, 1829. d. Apr. 29,
1894. He d. Feb. 11, 1885.
Mrs. McGill's grandfather and two of his sons came to Amer-
ica and fought on the side of the Colonies in the Revolution.
Two of the three were killed in battle. Mr. McGill settled in
Dover about i860, coming here from Lawrence. He first pur-
chased the Seth Wight farm, to which he added the Caleb
Wight place later.
Anna McGill was the first woman (a native of Dover) to
graduate from college. The ninety-seventh anniversary of the
birth of Lucy Stone which is being celebrated (1915) shows
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vividly the progress that has been made during the past one hun-
"When Lucy Stone was born a married woman had scarcely
more rights under the law than a baby. Her husband had the
absolute control of her property, her person, her earnings and
her children. Public opinion forbade women to speak in public.
Even the few women who wrote were looked upon as unwom-
anly. Their opportunities for education were scanty. Miss
Stone's brothers went to college; but when this gifted young
girl expressed a wish to go, her father, a prosperous farmer,
asked in all seriousness, Ts the child crazy?' Only a few ill-
paid occupations were open to women. It took her nine years
to earn the money to carry her to Oberlin, O. The faculty would
not let the girls take part in the college debates, and Miss Stone,
with a few others, organized secretly the first debating society
ever formed among college girls. She was appointed to write
an essay for commencement, but was notified that one of the
professors would have to read it for her, as it would not be
proper for a woman to read her own essay in public. Rather
than not read it herself, she declined to write it. She was the
first Massachusetts woman to take a college degree, graduating
"For the next ten years she lectured all up and down the coun-
try, in behalf of woman's rights. In those days there were no
suffrage societies. She started out all alone, with no co-opera-
tion and no backing. Often she put up the posters for her own
meetings, with a little package of tacks and a stone picked up
from the street. She was denounced by pulpit and press, ridi-
culed and pelted. Once a hymn book was hurled at her head
with stunning force. Once in winter a pane of glass was taken
out of a window behind her, and she was suddenly deluged with
ice-cold water through a hose. She put on a shawl and con-
tinued her lecture. In most of the towns that she visited no
woman had ever spoken in public before, and curiosity drew im-
mense audiences. Children :
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(2) James, b. Sept. 16, 1857.
Martha, b. June 27, 1859, m. Nov. 24, 1897, Frank A. Williams,
Katherine. b. Oct. 26, i860.
Janet Wishart, b. July 15, 1862, m. Feb. 17, 1900, William G.
Anna, b. Feb. 18, 1864, m. July 29, 1893, Albert Pitts Morse,
Agnes, b. Feb. 4, 1866, m. Apr. 25, 1889, William Diehl, So.
Margaret, b. Mar. 9, 1868.
Thomas, b. May 6, 1870, m. Oct. 20, 1900, Nora S. Whitney,
John A., b. Mar. 17, 1872, m. Oct. 18, 1899, Julia E., dau. Walter
and Julia (Norton) Clark, res. Wellesley.
2. James^ (Thomas^, Jamesi), b. in Lawrence, Sept. i5,
1857, m. June 2, 1898, Nellie, dau. Thomas and Sarah (Blake-
ley) Valentine of Taunton. He sold the homestead and now
lives on Main street. Mr. McGill has been a member of the
board of selectmen, superintendent of streets, and has held other
positions of trust and of responsibility. Children:
Hester, b. Oct. 31, 1899.
James K., b. Jan. 5, 1901.
Thomas S., b. June 15, 1904.
1. John- McKenzie (Murdocki), b. Oct. 27, 1830, Pictou,
N. .S., m. 1852 Christina, dau. of John and Margaret McLeod of
Pictou, b. Aug. 14, 1828, d. June 19, 1885. Mr. McKenzie was
a farmer and owned the Josiah Draper place on Center street.
His children were all born in Truro, N. S. Children :
(2) Roderick M., b. Mar. 3, 1853.
Isabel M., b. Nov. 22. 1855, m. 1880, Frank O. Cripps.
Christina M., b. May 27, 1857, m. 1876, Frank McDonald, N. S.
Barbara A., b. May 27, 1857, d. Oct., 1865.
Kathryn, b. June 15, 1859, m. 1885, Edwin A. Brownville.
E. Elinor, b. Apr. 6. 1862, m. 1889, Thomas McKenzie.
John A., b. Sept. 18, 1866, m. 1888. L. Ada Burns, res. Newton.
2. Roderick^, Murdock (John^, Murdock^), b. Mar. 3, 1853,
m. Jan. 2, 1886, Maude Stiles, dau. William Henry and Wil-
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helmina (Stevens) Wright, b. Sept. 14, 1864. Mr. McKenzie
purchased land in 1887 and built on Centre street, where he now
lives. Children :
Harold L., b. Oct. 30. 1886.
Kitty M., b. June 27, 1888.
Archibald E., b. Nov. 24. 1895, d. Aug. 12, 1899.
Arthur E., b. Nov. 25, 1893, d. July 22, 1894.
3. George- (Murdocki), b. Mar. 21, 1835, Pictou, N. S., m.
Oct. 6, 1858, Mary A., dau. of Michael and Mary J. (Elliot) Ma-
guire, b. May 11, 1839, Pictou, d. Sept. 15, 191 1. He d. 1914.
Mr. McKenzie was for many years a resident of Dover, and
owned the Joseph Cheney farm on Pine street. He worked for
Josiah Whiting for a long time in the years when he was engaged
in manufacturing hoops for the West India trade. Children :
Murdock P., b. Jan. 4, i860.
May J., b. Oct. 11, 1861, d. Apr. 28, 1900.
John W., b. Oct. 2, 1863, d. May 20, 1904.
George H., b. June 13 1865, d. June 12, 1882.
Josiah W., b. Aug. 3, 1867, res. Boston.
1. Patrick- McNamara (John^), b. County Limerick, Ireland,
Apr. 20, 1840, m. Nov. 22, 1870, Mary Breagy, b. County South,
Ireland, Feb. 20, 1844. He d. Dec. 7, 1901. Mr. McNamara's
father purchased the Capt. Samuel Fisher farm on Walpole
street and he built on land which was a part of his father's es-
tate. Children :
Catherine Theresa, b. June i, 1872, ni. John Colleran, W. Newton,
John Henry, b. Feb. 5, 1874, m. Mary E. Mahan, res. Allston.
Margaret Mary, b. March 11, 1876, res. Newtonville.
Nicholas James, b. Sept. 30, 1877, m. Abbie McGovern, res. Allston.
Patrick Henry, b. July 21, 1879, m. Helen M. Lovett, res. Cambridge.
Mary Francis, b. May 12, 1882.
William Arthur, b. March 15, 1884, m. Hannah Sullivan, res. Allston.
Elizabeth Cecelia, b. Jan. 13, 1887.
2. Matthew- (Johni), b. County Limerick, Ireland, Sept. 23,
1841, m. Aug. 12, 1873, Bridget McGrath, b. County Clair, Ire-
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land, Nov. 30, 1849. He d. Apr. 27, 1896. Mr. McNamara
bought the Jonathan Upham farm on Springdale avenue, where
his family was reared. Children:
Mary Frances, b. May 23, 1874, m. Richard Tenauty, res. VV. Newton.
John Henry, b. Sept. 23, 1875, d. Aug. 4, 1889.
Stephen Maurice, b. Nov. 30, 1876, res. West Newton.
Matthew Charles, b. Sept. 20, 1878, res. Newtonville.
Daniel Thomas, b. Sept. 7. 1880, d. Sept. 9, 1890.
George Francis, b. Dec. i, 1881, res. Westwood.
Katherine Cecelia, b. Feb. 24, 1883.
Robert Emmet, b. Sept. 12, 1886, res. West Newton.
Charles James, b. June 20, 188S, d. July 23, 1889.
Thomas Merrifield (with his wife Mary) was an early settler
in the Springfield Parish, but the date of his coming, or the exact
site of his house is unknown. He was one of the petitioners for
the organization of the Parish in 1748 and was seated in the
meeting-house with his son Timothy in 1769. Soon after he ap-
pears as a public charge and it is assumed that he met with an
accident or had a severe illness. He was living in Dover in
A reference to his home is made in a mortgage deed given in
1776 by Aaron Whiting and Theodore Newell to Amos Adams
on a forty-acre farm and buildings bounded south by the road
leading to the Springfield meeting-house "excepting and reserv-
ing I acre upon which Thomas Merrifield's house now stands."
The house lot of his son Timothy is referred to in a description
of the dower of Lois Draper made in 1786, "excepting and re-
serving 12 rods square where the house of Timothy Merrifield
did stand which is within the said bounds." Both places arc be-
lieved to have been on Farm street. The town has had a re-
markably small number of persons who have asked for aid, as
shown by the records of the town. Those who became a public
charge, for the most part, either bore the infirmities of age or
had been incapacitated by the misfortunes or accidents of life.
The enumeration of supplies furnished the poor in the neces-
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saries of life — wood, sometimes 5 cord lots, milk, rice, beef, salt
pork, boots, shoes and clothing, shows that they were well sup-
plied — and the payment of doctor's bills shows that they were
well cared for. Children :
Sarah, b. Sept. 27, 1736.
Timothy, b. Jan. 4, 1739, m. May 22, 1766, Lydia Cheney, m. 2ndly,
June 10, 1772, Mercy Perry, Sherborn.
Asaph, b. Jan. 2, 1741, m. Feb. 2, 1764, Abigail Richardson.
Phebe, b. Aug. 7, 1742, m. Feb. 20, 1766, Seth Ellis, Medway.
Hannah, b. Sept. 14, 1745, Int. of m. 1768 with John Ranstead.
Simeon b. Aug. 7, 1747.
Abraham, b. May 7, 1749.
Mabel, b. Feb. 2, 1752, m. Oct. 9, 1771, John Wight.
I. SamueF Metcalf (Samuel^), m. Sybil. He died 1772. Mr.
Metcalf was a native of Medway and moved here about 1740.
He was one of the fathers of the Springfield Parish in the truest
sense of the word. He was watchful of her interests and was
often called to officiate in prominent ways. He headed the peti-
tion made in 1748 for the organization of the Parish, and was a
member of the first board of officers, as well as a member of the
committee for the building of the meeting-house. He was a
member of the committee appointed to dignify the seats in the
new meeting-house and in the evolution of things it is interest-
ing to note how the "dignified seat'' in time gave way to family
pews,* which were owned and occupied generation after gener-
ation by members of the same family. The ownership of pews
led to an exclusiveness which was not consistent with the "house
of God" as no one has a right to trespass on private property.
The pews were furnished with doors which were carefully
closed when the family was seated. The old-fashioned meeting-
house had no atmosphere of hospitality, although it must have
been a pleasant sight to have seen a father and mother with six
or seven children and perhaps a servant, file into the pew and
*Pe\vs in the First Parish Church are still owned by individuals.
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remain during the service. Before coming to this town Mr. Met-
calf was a prominent man in Med way ; represented the town in
the General Court, and was several times elected to the board of
selectmen. Children :
Samuel, bpt. Aug. 22, 1742, settled in Boston.
(2) Nathan, bpt. Nov. 13. 1743.
Lois, bpt. Feb. 14, 1747-8, m. Oct. 31, 1775, Jesse Fisher.
Mary, bpt. July 6, 1746, m. 1767, John Fisher, Jr., Needham.
Sybil, bpt. Aug. 22, 1742, m. Mr. Mills.
Amos, bpt. Oct. 29, 1749.
Mehitable, bpt. Aug. 11, 1751, m. 177-, William Fisher.
2. Nathan^ (Samuel-, Samuel^), b. in 1744, m, Nov. 21,
1765, Sarah, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting) Richards, bapt.
Dec. 2.2, 1745. He d. July 27, 1785, as the result of a wagon ac-
cident. Mr. Metcalf was engaged a limited time in the Revolu-
tionary service, being at the Lexington Alarm and at Dorches-
ter Heights. Children :
Nathan, b. Mar. 26, 1766.
John, b. Feb. 24, 1768.
Calvin, b. Sept. 28, 1772.
Sally, b. Aug. 26, 1774.
Ozias, b. Oct. 11, 1781.
Polly, b. Dec. 23, 1784.
1. John^ Miller (Lewis^), m. Oct. 22, 1793, Sally Fuller of
Dedham. He was bom in Milton and first lived in Dedham,
then in Mendon and later in Dover ; he died in Northboro.
Miller hill in Dover was named for the family. Children :
George Lewis, d. in Brazil.
(2) Aaron, b. •
John, m. Selenda Smith, res. Worcester.
Eliza, m. Dec. 25. 1822, Ebenezer N. Pettee, Natick.
Caroline, m. Mr. Estabrook, res. Dayton, Ohio.
Abby, m. Mr. Sherman, d. Galveston, Texas.
2. Aaron^ F. (John-, Lewis^), m. Sept. 6, 1821, Ann, dau.
Dr. George and Pamela (Martin) Caryl, b. Oct. 22, 1802, d.
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Feb. 8, 1884. He died Aug. 2, 1840. Mr. Miller was a fine
violinist. Of their children Sarah Messenger had a wonderful
gift for cutting paper into curious forms. She designed the
patterns largely in her head, and her cuttings represented many
interesting and historical subjects. Ellen inherited many of the
characteristics of her grandfather, the Rev. Benjamin Caryl,
and had considerable poetic ability. She was a great reader
and eagerly devoured all the books which came into her hands.
She was very fond of church attendance and was seldom absent
from the family pew. Children :
Sarah Messenger, b. Oct. 8, 1821, d. June 20, 1871.
George Lewis, b. Feb. 16, 1824, d. Oct. 2},, 1825.
Ann Eliza, b. June 24. 1826, d. Feb. 6, 1852.
Henry Joseph, b. Aug. 25, 1829, d. Jan. 6, 1835.
Ellen, b. Feb. 7, 1836, d. Dec, 1897.
George Lewis, b. July 28, 1839, rn- Esther Singleton, Aug. 16. 1862,
d. in the army at Poolesville, Md., Feb. 26, 1863.
Charles* Morse (David^,. Jedediah^, David^), b. 1784, m.
Lucy — He d. April 23, 1843. Capt. Charles Morse lived on
the farm owned by the late B. N. Sawin, having moved here
from Natick. He was descended from Capt. David Morse who
was the first white man with John Sawin. to settle in Natick.
Rebecca H., b. Feb. 24, 1812.
John H. W., b. Aug. 12, 1814.
Martha B., b. Oct. 18, 1818.
Nancy, b. Mar. 8, 1820, d. Mar. 25, 1824.
Alexander H., b. Jan. 26, 1825.
Adam^ Morse (Adam^), m. Aug. 31, 1826, Anna N. Cheney.
Anna A., b. Oct. 13, 1826.
Note. — The Morse family appears in the earliest records of the precinct. Few
members, however, lived here for any length of time. The name often occurs in
the bounding of property in transfers of real estate.
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Edwin C. Moulton, m. 1868, Emma M. dau. Calvin and Re-
becca (Cady) Ayres, b. July 20, 1849, d. Apr. 11, 1892. He
moved to Needham where he now resides. Children :
Arthur E., b. Feb. i, 1869.
Frank H., b. Mar. 16, 1870.
George S., b. Aug., 1871.
Robert Murdock was a resident of the Parish in 1769, and
had several children born here by wife, Margaret, but nothing is
known of him or his family. Children :
Margaret, b. Apr. 26, 1769.
Ebenezer, b. Feb. 24, 1771.
Robert, b. Aug. 31, 1773.
I. Ebenezer* Newell (Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), son Josiah
and Hannah (Fisher) Newell, was b. Jan. 4, 1711-12, m. Oct.
7, 1735, Elizabeth, dau. John and Abigail Rullard, b. 1710, d.
March 7, 1751-2, m. 2ndly 1753 Elizabeth, dau. Hezekiah and
Mary (Draper) Allen, b. Aug. 7, 1731, d. Jan. 8, 1798. He d.
Oct. 18, 1796. Mr. Newell was an early settler in the Spring-
field Parish, having purchased the farm of Daniel Boyden on
Strawberry hill in 1748. He was a cooper as well as farmer.
He formerly lived in Needham to which place he returned after
the sale of his farm in 1769. The Dover families are descended
from Abraham and Frances Newell who sailed from Ipswich,
England, in the ship Francis in 1634. The Custom House rec-
ords give the age of Abraham Newell as 50 years and that of
his wife as 40 years. They brought with them six children, one
of whom, Jacob, was born on the passage. They settled in
Roxbury, the year of their landing (1634). Children:
(2) Ebenezer. b. Oct. 18, 1736.
Hannah, b. .A.pr. 18, 1740, m. Jan. 5, 1764, Capt. .A.bel Richards.
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(3) Theodore, b. May 20, 1744.
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 22, 1754, m. Apr. 14, 1774, Moses Fuller.
Susanna, b. July 15, 1755 (Susie in Dedham Records).
Mehitable, b. Nov. 4. 1757, m. Aug. 19, 1778, Timothy Smith,
(4) Reuben, b. Jan. 14, 1760.
Mary, b. Nov. 11, 1762.
Abigail, b. Nov. 24, 1764, ra. Sept. 16, 1784, Daniel Ware.
Olive, b. Nov. S. 1766, m. Nov. 8, 1788, Amos Hunting.
Lois, b. Mar. 31, 1770, m. Jesse Hunting.
Rebecca, b. Feb. 19, 1773, m. Apr. 21, 1796, Paul Alden.
Hannah, b. Oct. i, 1776, m. Amasa Brown.
2. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezei-^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b. Oct.
18, 1736, m. April 24, 1760, Elizabeth, dau. Caleb and Elizabeth
(Fisher) Wheaton of Needham, b. April 10, 1739, d. April
24, 1772, m. 2ndly May 17, 1773, Abigail, dau. Hezekiah and
Mary (Draper) Allen, m. 3rdly July 13, 1776, Rachel Ames.
He d. Feb. 25, 1797. Mr. Newell lived in various places in
town but finally settled at the centre, on the farm now owned
by Eben Higgins. He kept a tavern for a time and Parish Meet-
ings were sometimes adjourned to "Newell's Chambers." He
was a member of the Dedham board of selectmen for some years,
commencing his service in 1764. When the town of Dedham in
1774 passed a vote, forbidding all inhabitants to drink any kind
of India tea, Mr. Newell was appointed one of a Committee of
three from the Parish to see that this vote was complied with,
and to post the names of any who violated this vote. Ebenezer
Newell was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army. He took
care of the meeting-house and in 1771 was granted an order by
the Parish for his care of the meeting-house and sweeping it
one year, twelve shillings. He must have been a lover of a
good horse, as in 1780, he sold his horse to the Selectmen for
use in the Continental Army for £900 (continental money). He
was a deacon in the First Parish Church and the District clerk.
(5) Jesse, b. Sept. 13, 1762.
Asa, b. Feb. 25. 1764, m. Dec. 2. 1805, Miriam Wight, res. Natick.
(6) Ebenezer. b. Apr. 11, 1766.
George, b. Mar. 20, 1769, d. i860, lived in Needham and Medfield.
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Joseph, b. May 20, 1774.
Betsey, b. Apr. 21, 1777, m. Edward Colburn.
Polly, b. Sept. 27, 1778, m. May 12, 1796, Simon Pettee.
Sally, b. Aug. 27, 1780.
Calvin, b. July 9, 1782.
Nabby, b. Aug. 5, 1784.
Rachel, b. June 25, 1786, m. Nov. 11, 1810, Zachariah Whiting,
Francestown, N. H.
Luther, b. July 19, 1788.
Willard, b. Nov. 5, 1790.
3. Theodore*^ (Ebenezer^, Josialr"^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b.
May 20, 1744, m. Oct, 5, 1771, Anna Eames of Dedham, b. Dec.
25, 1752, d. Shutesbury, Oct. 17, 1833. He d. Nov. 29, 1816.
Mr. Newell was a farmer and lived on Pine street, where the
late Jonathan Whiting lived. He was elected the first constable
and collector of the District of Dover and his first official act
as constable was to warn a negro to depart from the District
who had been taken into the family of James Draper. In 1804
Mr. Newell moved with his family to Enfield. Children :
Theodore, b. Dec. 16. 1771, m. Apr. 22, 1794, Joanna Wilkinson,
Anna, b. Mar. 16, 1773, d. June 20. 1776.
Aaron, b. Nov. 8, 1774, lived at Eaton, N. Y., d. Aug. 12, 1844.
(7) Elijah, b. July 23, 1778, d. in Enfield, Dec. 13, 1813.
Anna, b. Nov. 6, 1783, m. Oliver Paterson, moved to Ohio.
Hannah, b. June 20, 1785, m. ist, John Paterson, Enfield, m.
2ndly, Daniel Hamilton of Shutesbury.
Sophronia, b. May 20. 1791, d. Jan. 10, 1796.
4. Reuben'^ (Ebenezer^, Josiah"^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b. Jan.
14, 1760, m. Nov. 1781, Sarah, dau. Ebenezer and Prudence
(Draper), Battelle, b. July 26, 1760. He moved to Dedham,
where he went into business in 1801 with Calvin Whitney and
Abiather Richards, Jr. Children :
Prudence, b. May 31, 1786.
Dolly, b. Sept. 18, 1789.
Reuben, b. Feb. 24, 1792, m. Mar. 23, 1815, Abigail Bacon.
5. Jesse^ (Ebenezer"', Ebenezer*, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^),
b. Sept. 13, 1762, m. Jan. 5, 1792, Hitty, dau. Eleazer and Rebecca
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(Mason) Allen, b. Nov. 3, 1773. He d. June 25, 1842. Mr.
Newell cleared and settled the farm on Centre street which has
continued in the hands of his descendants until recent years.
The house where he and his wife commenced housekeeping,
although now used for a carriage-house, is in excellent state
of preservation. Mr. Newell added to farming the occupation
of a weaver and for many years the sound of the loom and the
spinning wheel were heard in his home, and for years after
when a marriage occurred in the family, the spinning wheel and
the loom were kept busy for months, in making a stock of bed
and table linen, and homespun blankets, all of which were made
in the home for the bride. The homestead occupies a command-
ing site, and on a fair day the blue outline of Wachusett can be
seen fifty miles away. The land which constitutes this farm has
been in the family for six generations. In the early years Mr.
Newell and his sons walked to church, while the mother rode
on horseback with one of the girls seated behind on a pillion.
The "sisters" in this family, in the early years of the century,
sewed braided straw into bonnets by fitting them to paper
patterns, instead of shaping them to plaster-paris blocks which
were later introduced. This work was put into families by
Rufus Mason, who took the work from a shop in Wrentham.
Rebecca, b. Oct. 18, 1792, d. Aug. 16, 1827.
Charles, b. May 7, 1794, d. Oct., 1872, settled in Medfield.
Hitty, b. Oct. 7, 1795, m. Sherman Battelle, d. July 4, 1842.
(8) Jesse, b. Aug. 13, 1797.
Amy, b. May 19, 1799, d. July 13, 1827.
Dolly, b. Oct. 19, 1801, d. May 8, 1824.
(9) John A., b. June 29, 1803.
Betsey, b. Jan. 8, 1807, m. Jan. 21, 1836, Obed Allen, d. Nov.
Sarah, b. Jan. 9. 1810, m. Mason Brown, d. Apr. 7, 1843.
6. Ebenezer*^ (Ebenezer'^, Ebenezer^, Josialr^, Isaac-, Abra-
hami), b. Apr. 11, 1766, m. Aug. 28, 1792, Anna, dau. Col.
Daniel and Mehitable (Haven) Whiting, b. Aug. 6, 1770. Mr.
Newell settled in South Natick and had a large family of chil-
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dren. none, however, are recorded as having been born in Dover.
He was a remarkable mathematician, the day he was twenty-one
years old while walking alone, he made a mental calculation of
the seconds he had then lived and retained and gave without
difficulty the total. Children :
Harriet, b. Mar. 31. 1793, m. Apr. 15, 1814, John Heath.
Frances, b. July 18, 1795.
Elizabeth W., b. May 5, 1798.
Nancy W., b. July 11, 1800, m. Rev. William Taylor, Amherst.
Lucinda, b. May 18, 1892, m. Benj. Felton, Cambridge.
Ebenezer, b. Jan. 2, 1804.
William W.. b. Sept. 17, 1807, minister Maverick Cong. Church, East
Mehitable W., b. July 31, 1812, m. Rev. James R. Davenport.
7. Elijah^' (Theodore-^, Ebenezer"^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abra-
ham^), b. July 2^, 1778, m. Nov. 18, 1802, Priscilla, dau. Enoch
and Priscilla (Parker) Davenport, b. July 8, 1783, d. June 4,
1858. He d. Dec. 13, 1813. Mr. Newell removed to Enfield in
Enoch Davenport, b. Dec. 8. 1803, d. Jan. i, 1804.
Isaac Davenport, b. Aug. 25, 1805.
William, b. Sept. 18, 1807.
Priscilla P., b. Sept. 17, 1809.
Elijah, b. June 17, 181 1.
Sophronia, b. May 29, 1813.
8. Jesse^ (Ebenezer'^, Ebenezer^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^),
b. Aug. 13, 1797, m. Feb. 23, 1824, Pamela, dau. David and
Rachel (Allen) Cleveland, b. 1799, d. July 27, 1842, m. 2ndly,
1843, Mrs. Eydia N. (Turner) Prince of Boston, she m. 3rdly,
William Bunting, Medfield. He d. Nov. 16, 1879. He was a
successful farmer and for five years a member of the board of
selectmen. Children :
Lucy Maria, b. Jan. 21, 1826, m. James H. Prince. Boston.
Eleazer A., b. Nov^ 12, 1827, m. Elizabeth Thayer, Elmira, N. Y.
Jesse Amory, b. May 18, 1830, res. Corning N. Y.
Anna Rebecca, b. Mar. 31, 1833, m. Hosea Towne, Newton.
Francis Ebenezer, b. Jan. 27, 1836, m. Sophia Hall, Roxbury
Denzil M., b. Oct. 25, 1843, res. Needham.
Emma P., b. May i, 1845, m. George Ricker, Medfield.
Betty E , b. Oct. 25, 1848, m. Cyrus Bullard, Medfield.
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9. John A." (Jesse^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Josiah^, Isaac-,
Abraham!) , b. June 29, 1803, m. Jan. 6, 1833, Caroline, dau.
Obed and Caroline (Harding) Allen, b. Dec. 14, 1806, d. Aug.
2, 1885. He d. Sept. 21, 1894. Mr. Newell was a farmer and
lived on the homestead on Centre street. Mr. Newell, who is
still remembered, died in his 92nd year and retained all of his
powers and facilities until near the close of his life. When past
90 he mowed in the field with his scythe as he had been accus-
tomed to do for more than three-fourths of a century. He con-
tinued his interest in public affairs and did not fail to deposit
the Democratic ticket at the November election up to the close
of his long life. It was an impressive scene in our American
life, so prone to change, to witness one who had been for so
many years identified with one political party. With the slight
war tax that is now imposed (191 5) in revenue stamps on ex-
press packages, telegrams, etc., there was at first a mild protest,
as most people had forgotten that fifty years ago nearl)-^ every
commodity, with the exception of food, was taxed in the United
States and the revenue stamp was as familiar as the label or
trade mark today. Children :
John A., b. Oct. 28, 1835, m. 1863, Diana E. Willard, res. Medfield.
Harriet, b. Jan. 3, 1840.
Sarah, b. Feb. 19, 1843. m. July 24, 1870, Alden Derby.
William, b. May 9, 1847, d. Aug. 14, 1885.
Caroline, b. Feb. 3, 1850.
10. Josiah^ (Josiah''', Josiah^, Josiah^, Isaac^, Abraham^),
b. Nov. 2^, 1775, m. June 10, 1801, Betsey, dau. James and
Lydia (Chickering) Mann, b. 1782, d. Aug. 15, 1846. He d.
Nov. 18, 1859. Mr. Newell was for many years engaged in iron
manufacturing at Charles River where he lived. He also had
a grocery store and later added dry and fancy goods. Mr.
Newell had a hall here where gatherings of all sorts were held.
We would here record the fact that religious services, with a
Sunday School, were held here in 1833. The Revs. Richie, San-
ger, Kendall and Kimball were preachers. How long these
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services continued is not known. A strong temperence wave
passed over the town in 1833. At a meeting held in Dover,
forty-one took the pledge. He resided in Dover nearly 50 years
and was one of the most prominent and respected citizens. He
was for many years clerk of the First Parish Church of which
he and Mrs. Newell were consistent members, having united with
the church under the ministry of the Rev. Benjamin Caryl.
Josiah, b. May 7, 1802, d. June 11, 1803.
Josiah, b. May 12, 1804, merchant in Boston.
Samuel, b. Feb. 12, 1806, was in iron business, died in Newton.
Betsey, b. Apr. 22, 1808, d. Oct. 27, 1809.
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 3, 1810, m. Frederick Barden.
Isaac Newton, b. Aug., 1812, d. Sept. 25, 1813.
Martha, b. May 22, 1815, res. Newton.
(11) Benjamin, b. Mar. 16. 1818.
James Montgomery, b. Mar. 14, 1821, merchant in Boston, d.
1866, on board vessel 19 days out for Italy, and was taken
back in same vesel and buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.
II. Benjamin" (Josiah^', Josiah-''*, Josiah^, Josiah^, Isaac-,
.A.brahami), b. Mar. 16, 1818, m. Sept. 23, 1845, Elizabeth Ann,
dau. Abraham and Elizabeth (Walton) Pike of Newburyport,
b. April 13, 1818, d Nov. 15, 1896. He d. May 3, 1896. Mr.
Newell was a prominent citizen. He engaged in manufacturing.
In 1867 he sold his estate in Dover and moved to Newton Upper
Falls, where he spent the remaining years of his life. Children:
Josiah Benjamin, b. Aug. 9, 1847, m. Nov. 18, 1868, Carrie M., dau.
William M. and Harriet (Mills) Richards, b. July 28, 1846, d. Aug.
25, 1876, m. 2ndly Sept. 11, 1877, Carrie D., dau. James Perrin and
Cordelia (Merryfield) Colburn of Westwood, b. June 26, 1855, re-
sided, Newton Upper Falls. He d. Sept. 28, 1895.
Martha E., b. Feb. 14, 1852, m. Oct. 26, 1875, Gurdon H. Tucker of
Tohn"^ Quincy Adams Nichols (Nathaniel'. Jesse-^, Benjamin*,
Jonathan-^, James^, Richard^), b. Sept. 7, 1829, m. May 20, 1851,
Evelina Eames, dau, Hiram and Lucy (Griggs) Jones, b. Dec.
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29, 1831, d. Mar. 16, 1895. He d. Feb. 24, 1881. The Nichols
family trace their descent from Richard Nichols who settled in
Ipswich in 1639. Mr. Nichols lived on Main street and built
the house now owned by Frank H. Winchenbach. He settled
in Dover soon after his marriage and engaged in the manufac-
ture of boots and shoes. He left town with his family in 1863
and went to Elmira, N. Y. where he formed a partnership first
with A. S. Derby and later with J. Richardson and continued the
business of manufacturing boots and shoes. He was subse-
quently in business for himself. Child :
Lucy Griggs, b. Oct. 8, 1853, m. Oct. 21, 1873, Charles Davison.
I. Rev. Thomas^ S. Norton (Allen^, Elijah^), son of Allen
and Mehitable (Snell) Norton, was born in Ware, Nov. 25,
1813. He m. Sept. 8, 1842, Julia Ann, dau. Gideon and Juha
(Wait) Cooley of Conway, b. Jan. 21, 1815, d. Mar. 31, 1876,
m. 2nd!y, Mar. 27, 1877, Mrs. Louisa Holt, dau. Alvah and Betsey
Kiser, b. Wilmington, Conn., d. Sept. 1898. He. d. Mar.
14, 1 89 1. Mr. Norton graduated at Amherst College in 1840
and pursued his theological studies at East Windsor Seminary.
He was ordained and settled over the Congregational Church at
Sullivan, N. H., Feb. 4, 1846, where he remained until March,
1859. He came to Dover the same year, as pastor of the Evan-
gelical Congregational Church. He was very earnest and faith-
ful in his labors and was held in high esteem by his people. He
was a faithful member of the school committee and as a citi-
zen was diligent in every good work. Mr. Norton was the first
Secretary of the Band of Hope and earnest in the work of this
juvenile temperance organization. He was an indefatigable worker
in the temperance cause and an ardent prohibitionist. It could
be said of him that he lived as he prayed. After a pastorate
here of nearly a decade, he preached for the Congregational
churches at Northbridge, Beachwood, and Prescott, Mass. After
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closing his active labors in the ministry he returned to Dover
where he spent the remaining years of his life. Children were
all born at Sullivan, N, H.
(2) Thomas C, b. July 7, 1846. m. Jan. 6, 1870, Edella D. Chickering
Julia G., b. Mar. 6, 1849, m. Mar. 27, 1873. Walter C. Clark; she
d. Sept. 21 1891.
Lewis C., b. May 5, 1851. m. Mar. 25, 1873, Evalyn S. Putnam of
Northbridge. Mr. Norton is the inventor of the Norton self-
closing door spring, which is widely used on cars and public
buildings. He has two children. Clifford and Lillian.
2. Thomas-^ Cooley (Thomas-, Allen^), b. July 7, 1847, "''•
June 6. 1870, Edella D., dau. James and Phebe Ann (Thompson)
Chickeringf, b. Nov. 17, 1848. He d. June 2, 1883. Child by
Harry, b. Nov. 18, 1877, d. Oct. 11, 1916.
tThe following names should be added to the list of those who attended school
out of town, given in the appendix to the historical address delivered at the dedica-
tion of the new school house, 1910, Needham High School: J. Gertrude Norton,
Lewis C. Norton, Sarah A. Goulding, Edella D. Chickering; Burgess School. Ded-
ham, William Bigelow, Frank Bigelow.
Edmund" Burke Otis (George Alexander^', Ephraim^, Eph-
raim*, John^, John^, John^), son of George Alexander and Anna
M. (Hickman) Otis, was b. Mar. i8, 1822, m. Aug. 30, 1843
Maria Sewall, dau. Celpha Montague and Maria Raymond
(Sewall) Gimn, b. Mar. 31, 1816, d. April 29, 1863; m. 2ndly
Sept. 5, 1866, Maria C, dau. Lorenzo and Hannah C. (Kent)
Harding, b. Mar. 23, 1839, d. June 15, 1896. He d. March 4,
1884. Mr. Otis was born in Quincy and was descended in the
seventh generation from John Otis who was born in Barnstable,
Devonshire, England in 1581. He drew a house lot in the first
division of land in Hingham in 1635 and was the first ancestor
of which the American family has any knowledge. He took the
freeman's oath in 1635-6. His place of residence in Hingham
was on Otis hill, still so called, southwest of the harbor, a beau-
tiful slope of land.
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Edward Burke Otis, graduated from Harvard in 1872 ; he
was a fine linguist and had seven languages at his command.
He was reared in a home of culture ; his father George Alexan-
der Otis, translated the first history of the American Revolution
written in Italian by Botta. Mr. Otis was highly praised for
his work and received complimentar}^ letters from President
Jackson and ex-President Adams. George Alexander Otis was
born just at the close of the Revolution, he was well advanced in
life when his son Edmund B. Otis was born and as the latter
was forty-five years old when his son Alexander Otis was born,
two generations carries the present Mr. Otis back to the birth
of the nation. Edward B. Otis' mother was a prominent aboli-
tionist and her home on Boylston Place was a center for the
men prominent in that movement including William Lloyd Garri-
son and Wendell Phillips. Mr. Otis was not, however, at all in
sympathy with the abolitionists of that day believing them re-
sponsible for bringing on the Civil War, he was what is known
as a war Democrat. Although he practiced law Mr. Otis origin-
ally studied for the ministry and always found his chief pleasure
in literary pursuits. As a young man he was private secretary
to Prescott, the historian. Mr. Otis not only translated for
him many of the Spanish manuscripts relied upon for his knowl-
edge of Mexico and Peru but materially assisted in compiling
these standard works for which he received due credit from
Prescott. Mr. Otis was frequently invited to lecture and one
of his most popular lectures was "The Spaniard in America"
founded upon his work with Prescott. Children :
George Edmund, b. 1843, graduated from Harvard Law School in
1869, lived in Dover for a time, practiced his profession in Boston,
but subsequently moved to Redlands, CaHfornia, where he prac-
ticed law and was elected a county judge. He died in 1907.
Alexander, b. Aug. 26, 1867, graduated from Cornell Law School,
1897, a practicing attorney in New York City. He is the author
of three novels, "Hearts are Trumps," "The Man and the Drag-
Kate, b. Oct. 22, 1869, is a teacher of French and German in the
Springfield public schools.
Margaret, b. Oct. 26, 1871, has received the degree of Ph.D. from
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Cornell, a prominent psychologist and a valued contributor to
Marian Isabel, b. Nov. 5, 1873.
1. John- Roger Paine (John^ R.), b. June i, 1808, at Center
Harbor, N. H., m. Apr. 23, 1840, Abigail, dau. Elnathan and
Polly (Draper) Hammond, b. Aug. 12, 1818, d. Mar. 2 1905.
He d. June 3, 1885. Mr. Paine built on Center street in 185 1.
He was a mill operator and worked at Newton. Children :
(2) Irving A., b. May 14. 1841.
Orlando H.. b. Dec. 16, 1844, d. Feb. 23, 1880.
2. IrvingS A. (John R?, John Ri), b. May 14, 1841, m. May
I, 1883, Benedicta C. E. Bishoff, b. Breslau, Germany, Feb. i,
1859. Mr. Paine lives on the homestead on Center street and
has added to farming the manufacture of straw and husk horse
collars. Children :
Benedicta H., b. Oct. 4, 1886.
Elizabeth E.. b. Mar. 31, 1889.
Francesca A., b. Oct. i. 1892.
Jennie G.. b. June 13, 1894, d. Aug. 3, 1896.
Orlando I., b. Jan. 4, 1895.
Bessie M., b. Apr. 8, 1897. d. Apr. 13, 1897.
Frederick W., b. Apr. 15. 1898, d. Aug. 13. 1898.
Josephine E., b. Nov. 30, 1899, d. Feb. 27, 1900.
Janet B.. b. Aug. 18, 1901. d. Aug. 18. 1901.
3. Barnabas*^ (Barnabas-^, Barnabas^, Daniel^, Jonathan^,
Thomas^), son of Barnabas and Hannah (Coon) Paine was
born in Truro, Aug. 18, 1833. and was descended from Thomas
Paine, who came to America from Cornwall, England; he was
one of the first settlers in Truro, where he had a numerous pos-
terity. Mr. Paine married Nov. 27, 1858, Maria, daughter of
Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. May 5, 1840. d. Dec.
20, 1906. A few years after their marriage (1865) Mr. Paine
built on Springdale avenue. He was a carpenter and builder
doing much contract work in Dover and surrounding towns. He
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was a prominent citizen and for many years a member of the
board of selectmen and overseer of the poor, also town treasurer.
He died Mar. 20, 1900. Children :
(4) Lewis B., b. Sept. 19, 1855, m. Apr. 28, 1886.
Bertha F., b. May 2, i86s. m. Sept.. 1887, Clarence O. Hudson.
Frank C, b. Sept. 14. 1868. d. Mar. 28, 1888.
Fannie C, b. Sept. 14, 1868, m. Dec. 24, 1901, Geo. H. Burgess,
m. 2ndly June 27, 1914, Gustaf L. Headberg.
Ernest W., b. Mar. 20, 1873, m. May 19, 1897, Alice M. Remmele,
Estella M., b. Mar. 13, 1878, m. May i. 1915, Herbert De Winter.
4. Lewis'^ B. (Barnabus^, Barnabus-'^, Barnabus^, Daniel^,
Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Sept. 19, 1859, m. Apr. 28, 1886, Ada,
dau. Joshua and Mary (Newsome) Graham, born in Batley,
Yorkshire, England, Jan. 16, 1864. Mr. Paine lives on Dedham
street, where he built in 1891. He was for a time proprietor of
the store on Springdale avenue, which was burned in 1901. He
is a carpenter by trade. Mr. Paine was for some years chair-
man of the board of assessors. Children :
Laura M., b. Aug. 13, 1888, m. Dec. 14, 1912, Arthur S. Hamilton.
Charles G., b. Dec. 22, 1891, grad. Mass. Institute of Technology.
I, Freeman^ A. Parmenter (Curtis^, Artemus^, Joshua^.
Amos*, George^, John^, John^), son of Curtis and Mary J.
(Dwinell) Parmenter was born in Framingham Aug. 31, 1849,
m. Nov. 27, 1873, Lucy E., dau. of Henry and Emeline (Ed-
wards) Goulding, b. Nov. 11, 1852, d. Nov. i, 1886, m. 2ndly
Oct. 10, 1888, Matilda, dau. Henry and Emeline (Edwards)
Gouldingj b. Mar. 15, 1847. John Parmenter, the progenitor of
this family, was an English Puritan, who was a proprietor of
Sudbury, where he assisted in laying out the town in 1639. He
later moved to Roxbury, but his son, John, Jr., continued to live
in Sudbury, where he kept a house of entertainment. Some
years after his marriage Mr. Parmenter settled in Dover, having
purchased from the heirs the farm of his father-in-law at the
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foot of Smith street. He was for many years a successful far-
mer and a prominent citizen of the town. In 1914 he moved
with his family to Franklin. Children :
*George F., b. Mar. 26, 1877, m. ^Martha E. Ellis, professor in Colby,
Elmer H., b. Nov. 27, 1881, d. Sept. 3, 1907.
Lucy M., b. Mar. 22, 1886, d. May 30, 1893.
*Ernest B., b. Mar. 15, 1892, m. Sept. 7 1916, Maud A. Murdock, res.
"Graduate Mass. Agricultural College.
I. John Peppelow, m. 1759, Eve, dau. William and Hannah
(Chenery) Peters, b. 1737. The exact date of his settlement
here cannot be determined. He was living in a low, one-story
house near the residence of William Welch on Farm street as
late as 1792. The elm tree which shaded his dwelling still
spreads its branches, but the family and the old weather-beaten
house have long since disappeared. Child :
Hannah, b. Mar. 14, 1761.
I. Samuel^ Perry (AbeH, Samuel^, John^, John^), b. 1767, m.
Oct. 1789. Olive, dau. Jonathan and Ruth (Eames) Rice. He
died May 6, 1818. Mr. Perry was descended from John Perry,
who was born in England and was the first of the family to
come to America. He arrived here in 163 1 in company with
John Eliot and became a member of the Roxbury Church. The
Perrys were long connected with Dover and were prominent and
respected citizens. Samuel, who came from the adjoining town
of Natick, was the first to settle here. Elijah Perry and other
Natick families were annexed to the Dover Parish by an act of
the General Court and continued for many years to worship
here and to take books from the Proprietors' Library. Samuel
Perry purchased the original Michael Bacon farm on the Clay
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brook road. He was drowned one spring evening by falling
from the bridge which crosses the river on the Cheney estate —
then called Loring's Bridge — during a severe thunder storm.
Otis, b. 1791, d. 1806.
Nabby, b. 1792, m. Isaac Greenwood, Natick.
(2) Lowell, b. 1794.
Stephen, b. 1796, settled in Providence.
Kezia, b. 1798, m. Mason Brown.
<3) Jonathan, b. Aug. 7, 1800.
Eliza, b. 1801, m. Otis S. Travis, Natick.
Lucy, b. 1803, m. Alvin Knowlton.
Samuel, b. 1805. settled in Lowell.
Fanny, b. 1809, m. Albert G. Whipple, Providence.
2. Lowell'^ (Samuel^, Abel^ Samuel-^, John^, John^), b. 1794,
m. 1819, Harriet, dau. William and Kezia (Drury) Perry of
Natick, b. May 10, 1802. He was a captain in the militia and a
Farmers in his day not only made their own whip stocks and
axe halves, but braided their own whip lashes as well ; strands
were cut from raw hide and braided into whip lashes which did
not suffer in comparison with the finished product purchased at
countrjf stores and when applied to oxen did great execution.
Mr. Perry lived on the homestead. Children :
Otis, b. Dec. 12, 1819, d. 1836.
Maria, b. Feb. 5, 1828, m. C. C. Leland, Natick.
Arvilla, b. July 6, 1838, m. Reuben Winch.
Harriet, b. Aug. 24, 1840, m. William Cole, Seekonk.
3. Jonathan^ (Samuel'', AbeH, SamueP, John-, John^), b.
Aug. 7, 1800, m. Jan. 25, 1827, Margaret Nickless, b. Jan. 25,
1806, d. Feb. 27, 1848, m. 2ndly Sept. 18, 1850, Phebe, dau. Abi-
jah and Betsey Johnson of Lowell. He d. Aug. 1882. Mr. Perry
was a man of determined character and at the time of his death
was one of the oldest residents in Dover. In early life he
learned the trade of a shoemaker, but later was for ten years
an overseer in a carding room in Lowell. He subsequently
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bought the old homestead and made farming the business of the
remaining years of his life. He was of large stature and com-
manding presence and a man of few words. On the occasion of
his serving as a juror in the Xorfolk County Court, he failed to
agree with his colleagues. On his return home he remarked that
"he had served on a jury with eleven contrary men." A neigh-
bor said of him, "He was a man of large figure and dignified
presence, was distinguished for independence of mind, for
strength of will and strong convictions and feelings, but a man
of few words and not socially inclined." Children :
Jonathan, b. Dec. i. 1827, d. June 17, 1828.
Margaret, b. Jan. 10, 1830, m. Jedediah Mann.
Jonthan, b. in Lowell, Oct. 15, 1832, d. Aug. 28, 1833.
Abigail, b. in Lowell, Nov. 10, 1833, d. July 15, 1834.
Nancy, b. in Lowell, May 19, 1835, d. Sept. 15, 1836.
Caroline, b. in Lowell, Aug. 15, 1837. d. Sept. 6. 1837.
Ann, b. July 22. 1839, d. Dec. 13, 1864.
George, b. Mar. 4, 1841, resided in Lowell.
4. Elijah'^ Jr. (Elijah^, SamueP, Samuel^, Samuel^, John-,
Johni), b. Nov. 14, 1807. "i- Nov. 29, 1832, Mehitable, dau. Jon-
athan and Mercy (Day) Battle, b. July 27, 1807, m. 2ndly, Jan.
1857, Mrs. Malvina R. Wood. He d. Nov. 28, 1884. Mr. Perry
lived on the Battle homestead on Centre street from 1840 to
1850, when he moved to South Natick. He was prominent in
town and county affairs. He represented the town in the Gen-
eral Court in 1846. He was associated with Otis Pettee and
Edgar K. Whitaker in gaining a charter in 1849 ^or the Charles
River Branch Railroad. He was chairman of a committee who
made extensive improvements and alterations in the cemetery in
1843. Mr- Perry was one of the organizers and a vice-president
of the Norfolk Agricultural Society and was deeply interested in
its welfare, in the years when it was the aim of the societies to
give a bona fide agricultural show for the education and benefit
of all interested in agricultural pursuits. In those years neigh-
bors and friends from all the surrounding country came to the
fair to see each other, have friendlv chats on local news, and
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compare one another's crops, domestic animals, flowers and
household products. The exhibition of agricultural implements
was always of interest. The occasion was an annual outing for
the farmer and his family and afforded much enjoyment. Mr.
Perry was a member of the State Board of Agriculture and at
one time a guardian of the Natick Indians. Children :
Caroline M., b. in Natick, Aug. 5, 1834, m. Otis Chickering.
Elliot, b. in Natick, Aug. 14, 1837, res. South Natick
Leonard B., b. Jan. 10, 1841, res. Buffalo, N. Y.
Ellen E., b. May 13, 1847.
Stephen Pettingill, b. 1781, m. Rebecca, dau. Thomas and
Bathsheba (Morse) Larrabee, b. Oct. 12, 1782, d. Dec. 10, 1856.
He d. Jan. 30, 1819. Mr. Pettingill was a farmer and lived on
the Day place at the foot of Strawberry hill street. Children :
Josiah, b. Oct. 12, 1807.
Almira, b. Mar. 23, 1810, m. Mar. 15, 1834, Sherman Bowers, Need-
Mary A., b. Nov. 9, 1812, m. Nov. 28, 1833, Samuel Bemis, Needham.
d. Apr. 24, 1 891.
Stephen, b. Feb. 10, 1818, res. Needham.
John-"^ Plimpton (Silvanus^, Jonathan^, Joseph-, Johni), son
of Silvanus and Hannah (Phipps) Plimpton, was b. 1775, m.
March 22, 1808, Nancy, dau. David and Levina (Wetherbee)
Gardner, b. Aug. 2, 1782. He died in 1852.
This family is descended from John Plimpton, who came over
with the Winthrop party and was a tailor by trade. He was
made a freeman in 1643 and received into the Dedham Church.
He was in Medfield for a while, but went to Deerfield in 1673
and settled on the grant made to the town of Dedham, in ex-
change for land given the Natick Indians on the south side of
Charles river. During King Philip's War he was captured with
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others and carried to Canada. ]t is believed that he was burned
at the stake by the Indians. The family in the early time was
noted for its courage, and members were for many years prom-
inent residents of JMedfield. John Plimpton settled in Dover
about 1800; his farm w^as at the foot of Smith street (noA\'
owned by James S. Lee). It is presumed that this was originally
a part of his father's farm, as the two places adjoined, although
in different towns. As Mr. Plimpton's farm lay off the high-
way, he had much trouble about a right of way. After much
wrangling Smith street was laid out by the County Commission-
ers and Mr. Plympton soon after moved to Southboro, Mrs.
Plimpton's native place.
Joseph^ Henry Proctor (Joseph- B. Benjamin^), son of Jo-
seph B. and Helen S. (Montgomery) Proctor, was born in Lex-
ington Feb. 16, 1843. ^Ir. Proctor is descended in the third gen-
eration from Benjamin Proctor, who came to the United States
from Halifax, N. S., when only eight years of age. His father
was the captain and a part owner in a vessel which was sunk
during the war with France and Great Britain (1744) Benja-
min Proctor was bound out to Levi Lane of Boston to learn the
trade of a sailmaker. The original papers of indenture are still
preserved. Joseph Henry Proctor has lived in Natick, Dover,
Boston, and is now a resident of Petersburg, Mich. He married
Sept. 7, 1864, Elizabeth Ellis, dau. of David Ellis, and Martha
Ann (Whitney) Allen of Dover; she died Apr. 23. 1906. Chil-
David Allen, b. Aug. 18. 1866. m. June 21, 1893. Fannie M. Bibber.
res. Hornell, N. Y.
Mollie Antoinette, b. Feb. 27, 1868, d. Mar. 12, 1871.
Joseph Montgomery, b. Feb. 18, 1871, d. Nov. 21, 1876.
Alfred Whiting, b. Feb. 14. 1873, d. Nov. 27, 1876.
Charles Herbert, b. Mar. 15. 1877. d. Mar. 6. 1881.
Eliza Montgomery, b. July 25. 18S6. m. July 21. 1906. Wm. F. Peters.
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Mason- Putnam (Reuben^), b. Dec. 20, 1784, m. in Boston,
May 19, 1807, Alona Holbrook of Sherborn, b. Aug., 1786, d.
Dec. 31, 1837. He d. Aug. 10, 1872. Mr. Putnam moved from
Dedham, with his family in 1821, and for a time Hved in Dover.
He had a grocery store in connection with his small farm, which
was in the extreme easterly part of the town on Dedham street,
(Thomas Smith place). Mr. Putnam was a son of Dea. Reuben
Putnam of Sutton, now Millbury. Of their eight children only
one was born in Dover, John Prince Putnam, who became a very
successful business man. He went to California soon after the
discovery of gold and engaged in the lumber business, in which
he was very successful. He returned to Massachusetts in 1856
and entered the firm of Henry Thayer & Co., manufacturing
chemists of Cambridgeport. In later years this firm became
one of the largest of its kind in the country. Mr. Putnam had
a fine country residence at Sturtevant Hill, Winthrop, Maine,
which he made one of the finest estates in the central part of the
state. He was twice married and at his death, a wife and three
children survived him. Children :
Maria A., b. Oct. 24. 1808. d. in Cambridge. Mar. 13, 1866.
Sarah E., b. in HolHston, Apr. 22, 1810, d. in Winthrop, Me., Jan.
Hannah H.. b. in Medway, Feb. 14, 1812, d. June 23, 1859.
Harriet J., b. in Roxbury, May 7, 1814, d. in Boston, Dec. 30, 1889.
Edwin M., b. in Roxbury, May 2, 1816, res. Boston.
Matilda G., b. in Roxbury. Sept. 19, 1818, d. Oct. i, 1819.
George W., b. in Roxbury, Aug. 21. 1820, died in HolHston, Oct.
John Prince, b. Aug. 25, 1832, d. June 17, 1890.
I. Josiah Reed, b. 1702, m. Elizabeth . He moved here
from Needham and was for many years a resident of the Parish.
He owned the farm now occupied by George C. Taylor on Wal-
pole street. He d. Mar. 9, 1786. Children.
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(2) John. b. Oct. 16, 1741.
Ruth, b. Sept. 19, 1743.
Susanna, b. Apr. 9, 1745.
Mara, b. Mar. 2, 1746.
2. John^ (Johni), b. Oct. 16, 1741, m. Mar. 12, Sybel, dau.
James and Sybel (Littlefield) Cheney, m. 2ndly, Elizabeth .
Mr. Reed lived in the centre of the Parish and was for a time
the proprietor of a tavern. Later owned Allen F. Smith's place
on Centre street and had a house of entertainment as late as
1 781, competing with his neighbor, Ebenezer Newell. He was
a butcher and supplied the residents with meat, being the first
person in the parish to engage in this business. He was a tax
collector in Dedham and very active in raising soldiers for the
town during the Revolution, he was paid in 1782 for furnishing
6,775 pounds of beef for the Continental army. Mr. Reed had
a numerous family but only one of his children was born here,
although several were married while residents of the town.
Susanna, b. Sept. 8, 1785, m. Jan. 26, 1806. Lewis Gates, Newfane, Vt.
John, Int. of m. 181S, with Offey Clapp, Chester, Vt.
Betty, m. May 14, 1788, Elijah Dewing.
Josiah, m. May 5, 1791. Hannah Gookin.
Sally, m. June 13, 1798, Jason Morse, Sherborn.
I. Josiah^ Richards (Edward^, Nathaniel^, Edward^), b.
Sept. 23, 1713, m. Sept. 22, 1737, Hannah, dau. Nathaniel and
Joanna (Ellis) Whiting, b. July 3, 1718, d. April i, 1788, she m.
2ndly, April 6, 1774, Nathaniel Whiting of Roxbury. Mr. Rich-
ards died Oct. 24, 1771. He was the father of fourteen children,
eight of whom were boys. His sons all took part in the Revolu-
tion, a most remarkable instance. He lived on Strawberry hill
street on the farm now owned by John Parkinson, Jr. He was
the first of the family to settle in Dover. All of this name in
Dover are descended from Edward Richards, who arrived in
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America Sept. 16, 1632 on the ship "Lyon" from London. He
lived in Cambridge until 1636. He was received as one of the
proprietors of Dedham in 1636-7 and was the sixty-second
signer of the social compact. "On ye 17th of ye 5 mo. 1640,
he was received into ye church giving good satisfaction." He
was married Sept. 10, 1638, to Susan Hunting and she was re-
ceived into the church "19th iimo. 1640." In 1641 he took the
freeman's oath and in 1646 was chosen selectman and served in
this office for nine years. Mr. Richards had more means than
most of the Dedham settlers and received large grants. In
1657-8 a precious cedar swamp was apportioned to seventy-
nine proprietors of which, with the exception of the Rev. Mr.
Allin, the minister of the town, he received the largest grant.
Perhaps his aspirations, as it has been said, were higher than
those of other settlers as he obviously aspired to a manor and
was not content with an ordinary farm.
His homestead was the Rev. Dr. Burgess place not far
from the Dover line. He received no grant of land from the
town of Dedham for a house and it is believed that he came
here independently, having purchased an extensive tract, which
had been granted by the General Court to Mr. Cook. Children :
(2) Lemuel, b. Jan. 22, 1737-8.
(3) Moses, b. Dec. 11, 1739.
Hannah, b. Nov. i, 1741, m. Nov. 10, 1762, John Battle.
(4) Asa, bapt. Oct. 9, 1743, moved to Ashford, Conn.
Sarah, bapt. Dec. 22, 1745, m. Nov. 21, 1765, Nathan Metcalf.
(5) Thaddeus, b. Nov. 14. 1747, m. Mary Colburn, res. Ashford, Conn.
(6) Josiah, b. Nov. 15, 1749, m. May 11, 1778, Sarah Shuttleworth.
(7) Solomon, b. Oct. 21, 1751, m. Sarah Richards.
Mary, b. Jan. 11, 1754, m. Nov. 23, 1774, Isaac Smith, Walpole. •
Lucy, b. INIay 21, 1756, m. 1779, Josiah Battelle.
(8) Abijah, b. July 2, 175S, m. Abigail Mansell.
(9) Jesse, b. Sept. 28, 1762, m. Nov. 13, 1788, Sarah Fisher.
Betsey, b. •
2. Lemuel (Josiah*, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Jan.
22, 1737, m. June 14, 1764, Rebecca, dau. Joseph and Rebecca
(Newell) Chickering, b. Aug. 4, 1746, d. Dec. 30, 1838. Lieut.
Lemuel Richards was for many years a prominent citizen. He lived
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on Dedham street on land inherited by his wife from her
father's estate. He first built on the Philip C. Stanwood place
but later settled on that part of the farm which is now owned
by A. H. Parker. The many references to Mr. Richards in
the town records show that he was ever watchful of his own
interests. He was a selectman and tax collector in Dedham
and a member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1781. We
are able to give through the courtesy of Charles H. Mitchell, a
picture of Indian stone relics gathered in Dover. The farm of
Lemuel Richards is especially productive of these relics as it
was the home of Noanet and his tribe. The northerly slope of
the Stanwood land was once an Indian burying ground as Mr.
Mitchell tells us. Children:
(10) Joseph, b. Apr. 20, 1765.
Rebecca, b. Sept. 4, 1766, m. 1784, David Dana.
Lydia, b. Jan. 21, 176S, m. 1786 Ira Draper, Jr., Dedham.
Edward, b. Oct. 7, 1769, d. young.
Abigail, b. Nov. 2. 1771, d. young.
Abigail, b. July 29, 1773, d. young.
(11) Jabez, b. Mar. 6, 1775.
Lemuel, b. , d. young.
Deborah, b. , m. Dec. 14, 1795. Jesse Glover West Dedham.
Abigail, b. , m. Ira Draper, Sudbury.
Sarah, b. , m. 1803. Seth Blake.
3. Moses^ (Josiah"*, Edward*^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Dec.
II, 1739, m. Dec. 8, 1762, Mehitable, dau. John and Mehitable
(Sherman) Battelle, b. Dec. 25, 1743. He lived on the Ebenezer
Battelle place on Strawberry hill, which was long since aban-
doned. He moved to Warwick, but was living in Dover in 180T-
Mehitable, b. May 28, 1772, m. Dec, 24. 1789, Perez Allen.
4. Asa^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), bapt. Oct.
9, 1743, m. Oct. 26, 1774, Drusilla, dau. William and Sarah
(Ellis) Bullard, b. May 4, 1752. He was a cooper and lived on
a part of his father's estate on Strawberrv' hill. He sold his
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farm in 1783 to his brother, Solomon Richards, and moved to
Ashford, Conn. Child:
Reuben, b. Oct. 25, 1776.
5. Thaddeus-"^ (Josiah"', Edward-^, N^athaniel-, Edward^), b.
Nov. 14, 1747, m. 1770, Mary, dau. Joseph and Dorothy
(Draper) Colburn, b. 1747. He moved to Ashford, Conn., with
his family in 1776. Mrs. Richards died in Ashford and he mar-
ried a second time. Children :
Thaddeus, b. Mar. 25, 1771, d. Apr. 16, 1776.
Molly, b. Sept. 28, 1772, m. John Ellis.
Ephraim, b. Mar. 2, 1774, m. Susannah Cheney.
Abigail, b. May 14, 1776, m. Sabin Baker.
Cate, b. , m. a Mr. Utley and d. in Cincinnati.
Hannah, b. Aug., 1785, m. Archibald Babcock.
Jabez, b. .
Moses, b. . m. Miss Bicknell. res. Ashford.
Sylvanus, b. , m. Lucy Chaplin res. New York.
Tryphena, b. , d. Ashford.
6. Josiah^ (Josiah*, Edward-^ Nathaniel^, Edward^), b. Nov.
15, 1749, m. May 11, 1778, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Abigail
(Whiting) Shuttleworth, b. July 25, 1754. He was in the Revo-
lution and took part at Bunker Hill and Monmouth. Mr. Rich-
ards moved with his family to Washington, N. H., about 1780.
The Rev. Abner Morse, in his Richards Genealogy, gives the fol-
lowing without stating his authority :
Josiah Richards, in the battle of Bunker Hill, fired twenty-
four rounds, knocked down a British officer with the butt of his
musket and retreated, running directly over the body of Gen.
Warren. One night, being on guard, Washington, to test his
fidelity, as he was want to do in other cases, appeared before
him, whom he challenged with, "Who comes there?" A friend,"
Washington replied. "Friend, advance and give the counter-
sign." Washington gave the wrong name. "Stand," exclaimed
Josiah, "the countersign is not right." "It is of no conse-
quence," said Washington, "I am your commander-in-chief and
must pass as I have urgent business." Josiah presented his bay-
onet and told him if he advanced another step he would run
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him through. Washington turned, went to the officer of the
guard, took his name and the next day sent for him, clapped
him on the shoulder adding: "My good fellow, you were faith-
ful and true last night and I will see you promoted." Children :
Peyton, b. Feb. 21, 1779, m. Sally Copeland.
Nancy, b. Sept. 19, 1780, m. Apr. r, 1804. Nath. Whiting, West
Newton, b. May 25, 1782, d. aged 12 years.
Josiah, b. May 30, 1784, m. Emily Haskell.
Leonard, b. June 11, 1786, m. Elizabeth Vance.
Willard, b. Aug. 28, 1788, m. Relief Whitney.
Clarissa, b. July 29, 1791. m. Phineas Battelle, res. Orange.
Waitstill, b. Oct. 25, 1793. m. Samuel Smith.
7. Solomon^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b.
Oct. 21, 1751, m. Mar. 3. 1775, Sarah, dau. Nathaniel and
Mary (Whiting) Richards, b. Dec. 12, 1755, d. Oct. 14, 1849.
He died Oct. 9, 1834. Mr. Richards lived on the homestead on
Strawberry hill, but moved with his family to West Roxbury in
1804. Capt. Solomon Richards was for many years commander
of a company of cavalry, and an early and zealous Whig. On
the morning of the Battle of Lexington he was met, on his way
to Boston, with the report that the British were on their march
to Concord : and as he was turning his course for Dover, to rally
men to the scene of conflict, up rode a man direct from Boston
contradicting the report. Capt. Richards instantly marked him
for a tory, took him prisoner, bound him upon his own horse
and escorted him to the Peacock tavern at Jamaica Plain and de-
tained him until the truth could be known. In the meantime a
body of soldiers arrived and demanded the tory that they might
handle him during their halt. But Capt. Richards and the tav-
ern-keeper resisted their demands, insisted upon giving the man
a trial, and through their well-known patriotism prevailed and
saved the man from the gallows, but not from thirty-nine lashes
ordered by the court. Richards Genealogy. Children :
Paul, b. Dec. 5, 1775, d. Mar. 29. 1776.
Lucy, b. July 18, 1780, m. May 5, 1802, John Bullard, Dedham.
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Nathaniel, b. Oct. 21, 1784, m. June 9, 1814, Mary Murdock, West
Roxbury. Mr. Richards resided in Hingham and was President
of the Hingham Bank.
Isaac D., b. July 31, 1794, m. 1829, Maria Thayer of Boston. He
was a grocer.
8. Abijah^ (Josiah'*, Edward^, Nathaniel, Edward^), b. July
2, 1758, m. Nov. 18, 1780, Abigail Mansell of Scituate. He
was a cooper and lived on the homestead on Strawberry hill.
His widow had rooms assigned her in the house, also the weav-
ing shop adjoining. In this shop there was later held the first
school in the east part of Dover. He d. 1789. Children:
Anna, b. 1781 m. Apr. 4, 1799, Isaac Felton, Needham.
Abigail, b. , m. Nov. 30, 1800, Eli Parsons, Bristol, Conn.
Mary. b. . m. Apr. 3, 1804, Chas. Hunnewell, Dedham.
Abijah, b. July 17, 1787, m. Sally Jones, res. Hartford, Conn.
9. Jesse^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Sept.
28, 1762, m. Nov. 13, 1782, Sarah, dan. Jeremiah and Sarah
(Dean) Fisher, b. i\Iar. 5, 1765. He was a hatter and settled in
Roxbury. He sold his interest in his father's estate in 1789.
Rufus, b. 1781, d. Aug. 31, 1829.
Sarah, b. Mar. 15, 1783, m. June 22, 1809, Ebenezer Dewing, Roxbury.
10. Joseph** (Lemuel-^, Josiah^, Edward'^, Nathaniel-, Ed-
ward^), b. Apr. 20, 1765, m. Chloe, dau. Joseph and Mary (Ev-
erett) Fisher, b. Mar. 10, 1771, d. Dec. 19, 1825. He owned the
farm near the "New Mill." Mr. Richards was a member of the
committee selected by the Parish to extend their call to the Rev.
Mr. Sanger. He developed soon after his settlement, however,
a strong opposition to him on political grounds. At this stormy
time in Dr. Sanger's ministry a number of friends* (March,
1816,) addressed a communication to him asking for the contin-
uance of the pastoral relation and promising a faithful support
as far as a full and prompt payment of his salary afforded the
*It is an interesting fact that among the most prominent of this number were
the men who had united with the church during Mr. Carlyl's ministry.
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means. In his thirtieth anniversary sermon Dr. Sanger refers to
the faithfulness of his friends in the following words : It now
gives me special pleasure to record the fact that every one of
those, so far as my knowledge extends, has fulfilled his pledge.
Not one of them has failed. At this time when the unworthy
doctrine of repudiation is advocated by some bodies, I rejoice
to record the honorable fact that in this town a number of pri-
vate individuals have for more than a quarter of a century
maintained an uninterrupted and sacred regard to the pledge
which they had given. Later Dr. Sanger preferred charges
against Mr. Richards and he withdrew from the church and
joined another communion. He later moved with his family to
Concord. Children :
Edward, b. Apr. 25, 1790. settled in Nashville, Tenn.
Joseph, b. Nov. 28, 1792, res. Concord.
Lemuel, b. Oct. 29, 1794, res. West Roxbury.
Danforth, b. Sept. 3, 1796, res. West Roxbury.
Willard b. Feb. 15, 1799, went to the West Indies.
Mary F., b. Feb. 16, 1809, m. Horace Parmenter Boston.
11. Jabez*^ (Josiah^, LemueH, Edward•^ Nathaniel-, Edward^),
b. Mar. 6, 1775, m. Eeb. 6, 1798. Elizabeth Ruggles, m. 2ndly
1804, Mrs. Eliza Burnham of Ipswich. Children:
Hannah, b. May 15, 1798.
Jabez, b. .^
Charles, b. •
Sarah, b. , d. young.
Silas, b. , res. New Bedford.
12. William" M. (William^, Samuel''\ Timothy*, John^.
John-, Edward^), b. Canaan, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1813, m. Mar. 9.
1840, Harriet, dau. Joseph and Mary (Fiske) Mills, b. Nov. 26,
1819, d. July 17, i(X>7- He died June 28, 1882. ]\Ir. Richards
lived for many years on Center street near Fisher's Bridge.
(Charles Plympton's farm.) He was a carpenter, and for some
years station agent at Charles River. He later moved to Med-
field. Children :
Charles E.. b. Feb. 19, 1841, m. Nov. 20, 1867, Elizabeth Dear-
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(13) J. Franklin, b. Oct. 26. 1844.
Caroline M., b. July 28, 1846, m. Nov. 19, 1868, J. Benj. Newell,
d. Aug. 25, 1876.
Harriet L., b. Jan. 31, 1850. m. Apr. 18, 1894, Frank Paige, res.
Clarence, b. July 13, 1852, d. Aug. 8, 1853.
13. J. Franklin^ (William', William*^, SamueP, Timothy'*,
John^, John^, Edward^), b. Oct. 26, 1844, ^- Sept. 30, 1869,
Ellen Eliza, dau. James and Mary O. (Bullard) Draper. Mr.
Richards is a carpenter by trade and in 1895 moved to Southern
Pine, N. C. With his brother-in-law, Dana C. Hanchett, he
built the Glen street house in 1878. Child:
Sybil Louisa, b. Feb. 23. 1881.
14. Thomas"* (Edward". Nathaniel-, Edward^) b. Oct. 3,
1718, m. Nov. 17, 1748, Rebecca, dau. Nathaniel and Joanna
(Ellis) Whiting, b. Apr. 2, 1725, d. Nov. 29, 1779, m. 2ndly
1783, Nancy Swift. He d. Mar. 8, 1791. Mr. Richards cleared
the farm now owned by Richard W. Hale on Strawberry hill,
having settled here previous to 1748. He purchased in 1753 the
uncompleted saw mill of David Wight on Noanet's brook. Here
he had a saw mill for many years. The location can still be seen
south of the "New Mill" site. Children :
(15) Richard, b. Dec. 5. 1749, m. Hannah Bird.
Rebecca, b. July 11, 1751, m. Apr. 30, 1771, David Colburn.
Edward, b. Oct. 25, 1753. d. Oct. 30, 1758.
Catherine, b. Aug. 7, 1755. m. Oct. 31, 1775, Ebenezer Smith.
Olive, b. June 23, 1758, d. Aug. 18, 1763.
Chloe, b. Jan. i, 1761, m. David Richards.
15. Richard-'^ (Thomas^, Edward-^, Nathaniel-, Edward*), b.
Dec. 5, 1749, m. May 11, 1780, Hannah, dau. John and Mary
Bird of Needham, b. Feb. 8, 1757, d. Feb. 1825. He d. August,
1826. Mr. Richards lived on that part of his father's farm on
Strawberr}' hill which is now owned by Hubbard C. Packard.
Olive, b. Feb. 27, 1781, m. Dec. 19, 1799, Joseph Colburn, Need-
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(i6) Calvin, b. Oct. 4. 1782. m. Lucinda Leland, Sherborn.
(17) Luther, b. Apr. 20, 1786.
Hannah, b. Dec. 22, 1791, m. Jared Allen.
16. Calvin^ (Richard'"', Thomas^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Ed-
ward^), b. Oct. 4, 1782, m. Lucinda, dau. Jonathan and Mary
(Leland) Leland, b. 1786. He d. in 1836. Mr. Richards lived
on his grandfather's farm on Strawberry hill street. This fam-
ily has always been prominent in all municipal affairs. Calvin
Richards, senior, was for many years one of the selectmen and
was the town's first representative to the General Court. For
forty years Dover was associated with Medfield in forming a
representative district, and during this entire period the latter
town had the entire representation, except two years (1830-1),
when the district was represented by Calvin Richards. Mr.
Richards was town clerk and for many years a member of the
board of selectmen. Children :
Mary Ann, b. Feb. 8, 1806, m. Apr. 10, 1825, Seth Wight, Bel-
(18) Calvin, b. Sept. 29, 1807, m. Lucy M. Mann.
Daniel L., b. July i, 1809, d. 1826.
Hannah B., b. June 2.3, 1816, d. Jan. 9, 1817.
Emeline A., b. Aug. 6, 1819, m. 1839, Chas. H. Fitts, Medway.
Rebecca W., b. Feb. 11, 1822, m. Rev. Wm. M. Thayer, Franklin.
Lewis M., b. Mar. 19, 1823. m. Eliza Harding, res. Medfield.
Addison, b. Nov. 19, 1826, m. Elizabeth Ellis, res. Jacksonville,
17. Luther^ (Richard^, Thomas-*, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Ed-
ward^), b. Apr. 27, 1786, m. Apr. 20, 1808, Mary, dau. Levi
Savvin of Natick, b. 1788, d. Feb. 26, 1844. He died July 15,
1830. Mr. Richards lived on the farm developed by his father
on Strawberry hill. Children :
(19) Luther, b. Apr. 27, 1809.
Louisa, b. Dec. 21, 1812, d. Feb. 14, 1893.
Mary B., b. June 11, 1816, m. Geo. B. Dunbar, Brockton.
Emily A., b. 1817, d. Sept. 28, 1821.
Nancy, b. Mar. 2, 1821, m. Ephraim Noyes, merchant, San Fran-
cisco and New Mexico.
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18. Calvin" (Calvin*\ Richard'', Thomas^, Edward^, Nathan-
iel-, Edward^), b. Sept. 29, 1807, m. May 25, 1841, Lucy M.,
dau. Daniel and Rachel (Allen) Mann, b. Feb. 22, 1842. He
died Oct. 4, 1873. Mr. Richards was prominent in all town
affairs. He was a moderator of town meetings, and for many
years a member of most committees appointed to consider the
aft'airs of the town. He was many times elected a member of
the board of selectmen and school committee. He also repre-
sented the town in the General Court. He was a prominent
member of the First Parish Church and deeply interested in the
establishment of the First Parish Library, of which the old Pro-
prietors' Library formed the nucleus. In early life Mr. Richards
was engaged in business in Boston, but on account of ill health
was obliged to retire. He occupied the farm of his father on
Strawberry hill, and was a successful and prominent farmer.
He was interested in the Norfolk County Agricultural Society
and was one of the promoters of the institution. Children :
Lucy M., b. Feb. 22, 1842, m. June 11, 1863, Dr. J. G. Townsend, So.
Jane A., b. Jan. 30, 1844, m. Oct. 30, 1877, Rev. Joseph Sheafe, res.
Annie M., b. May 12, 1859, d. Sept. 25. 1862.
19. Luther" (Luther^', Richard-^, Thomas"*, Edward^, Nathan-
iel-, Edward!) , b. Apr. t.j, 1809, m. May i, 1839, Abby F., dau.
John F. and Polly I. (Osgood) Wilson, d. July 30, 1840, m.
2ndly, Elizabeth F., dau. Artemus and Anna C. Conant of Stow,
d. Oct. 5, 1867. He d. July i, 1876. Mr. Richards was for
some years town clerk and one of the selectmen. In 1853 he
represented the town in the convention called to^ amend the Con-
stitution of Massachusetts. He engaged in the leather business
in Boston, where he resided for a time. He lived on the ances-
tral farm on Strawberry hill owned by the late Arthur F. Dodge.
When the Sunday school became a feature of the First Parish
Church Mr. Richards was chosen the first superintendent. His
successors to date (1900) have been Calvin Richards, D, J.
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Goss, Rev. Edward Barker, Theodore Dunn, Rev. George Proc-
tor, I. "Henry Howe, A. K. Tisdale, Capt. George Scott, Rev. C.
S. Locke, Frank Smith, Mrs. G. D. Everett, Mrs. G. C. Whiting,
Mrs. Helen M. Jones, George D. Burrage, C. M. Koopman.
Irving W., b. June 17, 1840, d. Aug. 20, 1840.
Anna E., b. Sept. 3, 1847, d. Oct. 24, 1851.
Luther C, b. June 24, 1849, d. Dec. 9. 1849.
Mary A., b. Oct. 6, 1850, d. June 2. 1852.
20. Luther^ (Abiatha^, John"^, John^, John-, Edward^), b.
Sept. 24, 1 77 1, m. May 27, 1794, Polly, dau. Ebenezer and Han-
nah (Allen) Battelle, b. Aug. 5. 1774. He d. Dec. 25, 1832.
Polly, b. May 28. 1795, m. Calvin Howe, Dedham.
Martin, b. July 14, 1797, m. Harriet Angier, res. Dedham.
Mehitable, b. May 15, 1800. m. Nathan Phillips.
Miranda, b. Aug. 21, 1803, m. Austin Bryant.
(21) Luther, b. Sept. 4. 1806, m. Betsey Mann.
Elizabeth, b. July 30, 181 1, m. Joshua S. Bailey, Somerville.
Alvan, b. Mar. 30, 1816, d. unmarried. Nov. 22. 1844.
21. Luther" (Luther'\ Abiatha'\ John^, John'"^, John^, Ed-
ward^), b. Sept. 4, 1806, m. Oct. 14, 1834, Betsey, dau. Daniel
and Rachel (Allen) Mann, b. June 30, 181 3, d. Sept. 26,
1868. He died Feb. 21, i860. Mr. Richards lived on the farm
on Dedham street, now owned by his daughter, Miss Alice M.
Richards. Mr. Richards moved soon after his marriage to New
York City. Children :
Isabel F.. b. Mar. 23, 1837. m. John C. Coombs.
Daniel W.. b. Oct. 12, 1840. res. New York Citv and Needham.
Alice M.. b. Dec. 24. 1848.
22 William^ (Ebenezer^, James^. Nathaniel-, Edward^), b.
Aug. 12, 1746, m. Aug. 2/, 1774, Abigail Stratton at Cambridge.
He d. Dec. 27. 1835. No children blessed this union and Mr.
Richards adopted William, son of his brother David, who was
known as William Richards 2nd. He lived on the Ebenezer
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Richards farm on Dedham street. In those days housekeeping
was an art prized above all others and girls were taught the in-
22,. William*^ 2nd (David"*, Ebenezer^, James^, Nathaniel^,
Edward^), b. May 4, 1791, m. Olive , d. June 15, 1826, m.
2ndly Nov. 2y, 1828, Mary. dau. Elijah and Mary (Jones)
Perry, b. 1801, d. 1889. He d. in 1865. Mr. Richards received
the farm on Dedham street (Frederic H. Curtis's place) by will
from his aunt, where he lived until 1834, when he sold the farm
and moved to South Natick. He was a prominent citizen and a
member of the board of selectmen. Children :
Abigail S., b. May 25, 1818.
Mary D., b. Aug. 22,. 1831, d. May 4. 1836.
Martha, b. 1835, d. Dec. 12, 1836.
24. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer'^, James^, Nathaniel^, Edward^), b.
July ID, 1744., m. 1769, Hannah, dau. Noah and ThankfuU
(Jackson) Wiswall, b. Mar. 31, 1745, d. Nov. 12, 1787. He d.
Aug. II, 1784. The town clerk made this record: "The first
death since Dover was incorporated." Mr. Richards settled here
at the time of his marriage in 1769 and cleared the farm on Ded-
ham street now owned by Frederic H. Curtiss. A home on the
river, or its vicinity, meant in the early time an abundance of
fish, as the stream teemed with various varieties, as pickerel,
perch, eels and horn pouts, sometimes called catheads. Shad
and alewives passed up the river in the spring, as shown by the
fact that the Indian built weirs to catch them. Noanet's weirs
are early spoken of in the town's records. In the division of
this estate in 1791 the farm fell to Ebenezer, Jr., who was the
only heir twenty-one years of age." He settled in Newton and
sold the farm in 1792 to Abigail, wife of his uncle, William,
who settled here. Children :
Ebenezer, b. Jan. 11, 1770, m. Hannah White, res. Newton.
Noah Wiswall. b. Sept. 16. 1771, d. Dec. 27, 1851, res. Roxbury.
John. b. July 6, 1773. d. young.
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Hannah, b. Mar. 25, 1775, m. Antipas Jackson, Roxbury.
Sally, b. June i, 1777, res. West Roxbury.
Betsey, b. July 19, 1779, m. Abner Child, Jamaica Plain.
John, b. Oct. 22, 1781, d. Nov. 3, 1829, m. Mary Barrett.
Amos Richardson, m. Apr. 13, 1837, Mrs. Eliza Parish. He
lived in town for some years, but the place of his residence is
not known. He was engaged in teaming for the rolling mills.
Eliza Jane, b. Oct. 26, 1837.
Harriet Maria, b. Dec. 7, 1839.
James Henry, b. Apr. 7, 1842.
Ralph*^ Sanger (Zedekialv'^, Richard^, Richard^, Richard-,
Richard^), son of Zedekiah and Irene (Freeman) Sanger, was
b. June 22, 1786, m. June 17, 1817, Charlotte, dau. of Ezra and
Susannah (\\'hitman) Kingman, b. Aug. 5, 1792, d. Dec. 1,
1881. He d. May 6, i860. Dr. Sanger was the second town
minister, and continued in the office for nearly fifty years. He
was commonly styled by the townspeople Priest Sanger. He was
a son of Rev. Dr. Zedekiah Sanger, whom Sprague has placed
among his fifty most eminent Congregational Unitarian minis-
ters of America. This family is descended from Richard
Sanger, who had land assigned him in Hingham in 1636, and
who is said to have been the first of the name to emigrate to
this country. Ralph Sanger was born in Duxbury, but spent
most of his youth in Bridgewater, his father having accepted a
call to the South Bridgewater Parish in that town. Dr. Sanger
graduated from Harvard in 1808 and received the highest
honors of his class. In 1809 he taught in a Latin school at Con-
cord. The next year he was appointed tutor in mathematics ar
Harvard, and held the position for two years. In 1812 he ac-
cepted a call to the Dover First Parish Church and remained
Rev. Ralph Sanger, D.D.
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pastor until his death in i860. The last two years of his life he
was senior pastor and resided in Cambridge. He received the
degree of Doctor of Divinity from Harvard in 1857. He was a
faithful and devoted minister, greatly beloved by his church and
highly esteemed by the community. Clergymen were supposed
to be settled for life and were rightly called minister, for they
were the valued friend of every family in the parish, called in
sickness and in death ; advised in weighty personal matters and
offered congratulations or condolence, as the occasion required.
The day annually set apart for the visit of the minister and his
wife was eagerly looked forward to in most families. Religious
sentiments have greatly changed in the last twenty-five years.
In Dr. Sanger's day his people would not have tolerated an ex-
change with his neighbor, the Rev. Theodore Parker of the
West Roxbury Parish. In the writer's boyhood days Parker
was called an "atheist in the pulpit" even by Unitarians. Today
we are assured that he w^ould be welcome in any liberal church,
Unitarian or Trinitarian; the radical of our generation becomes
the conservative of the next. It is recalled that John F. Ford,
a prominent citizen, was an ardent admirer of Parker's and a
parishioner of his before coming to Dover. Dr. Sanger had
charge of the public schools for forty years, and made more
than eight hundred visits to them. He was the second postmas-
ter, and held the office for many years. Although he never
moved the office to his house, Isaac Howe was deputy post-
master and continued the office at the old tavern stand. He rep-
resented the town for three terms in the General Court and was
for one year a Chaplain of the Senate. He was deeply inter-
ested in gaining railroad facilities ; in the advancement of ag-
riculture, temperance and every good work. The wonder has
been often expressed that Mr. Sanger could bring up so large a
family and send two sons to college on a salary of $500 a year
and the use and improvement of the Parish wood lot. It must
be remembered that he was the town minister and expected to
hold the office for life. While donation parties were not in
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order, yet most families felt called upon during the early years
of his ministry to contribute at least something of their good
store towards supplying the minister's cellar and larder with
fruit, vegetables and various provisions. He was given rye and
Indian meal, butter, eggs and cheese, fowls, beef, pork and veal,
and "green sauce," as vegetables were called. Mr. Sanger kept
his own cow, and did some little farming. Mrs. Sanger had a
colored woman, Polly Green, who worked in the kitchen and sat
in the '"nigger pew" on Sunday. She was devoted to the family
and appreciative of every attention shown her. Dr. Sanger was
especially interested in the lyceum, an institution peculiar to
New England, and was instrumental in organizing the Dover
Lyceum in 1831. Since it has so largely disappeared it may be
well to record some facts relating to it, as originally instituted,
by one who appreciates its worth and work. The old-time ly-
ceum was the mind and soul and heart of New England seeking
the right way to think and feel and do. It was the latest thought,
the hidden emotion, the pained and outraged conscience of New
England seeking expression. As regards its platform it stood for
knowledge, high character, devotion to an idea and for an ora-
tory so natural and highly trained that to stand on it acceptably
to the people was reputation. The old-time lyceum w^as not a
system of entertainment only, but a method by which the wants
of the people along lines of profound moral, ethical reforma-
tion, thinking and feeling, could be met. That is what the old-
time lyceum platform was, and as such it stood as regards its
audiences, for the highest education, the ripest culture and the
noblest aspiration of the people. At the time of Dr. Sanger's
settlement, and for many years afterwards this was a people
who dwelt in pastoral simplicity. The only means of public
conveyance was by a line of stage coaches which for a time
daily passed through the town. The women were money-saving
members of the community, and the boys and girls were taught
to improve their time, a discipline which was of great value to
them, illustrating Theodore Parker's saying that "work is an
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education." "The education of a child," some one has said, "is
an all-round process, and he or she owes only a part of it to
school or college training." Dr. Sanger furnished the means of
education and improvement in a carefully selected library of
half a thousand volumes, which consisted largely of English
classics, history, biography, science and travel. These books
were selected with the greatest of care, and included a few of
the standard novels of the day. The young people grew up
strong intellectually and many became omnifarious readers of
good books. The influence of that early library is still felt in
the lives of the older residents, and was very marked in the
lives of Dr. Sanger's children.
The social life of the times is well described by Maria
Adams Cobb, who says : "We were attendants of the First Par-
ish Church in the time of Dr. Sanger. I remember Dover in its
prime a town of great social activity for its size. There were
social gatherings at the houses, tea drinking, parties at which
the young people played games, spelling schools, singing
schools at the Centre, and dances to which people came from
all the surrounding towns. Nowhere could they have a better
time than at Dover — nowhere could they get a better supper."
George Partridge Sanger graduated from Harvard in 1840
the second in his class ; taught a private school for boys at
Portsmouth, N. H., for two years ; Latin tutor at Harvard for
three years ; while reading law, was District Attorney for Suf-
folk County; judge of the Court of Common Pleas; President
of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company ; Representative
to the General Court from Cambridge ; Editor of the American
Almanac for many years ; associated with Mr. Richardson by
appointment of the Governor for arranging and consolidating
the General Statutes of the Commonwealth, and was United
States District Attorney for twelve years, first appointed by
Simon Greenleaf Sanger graduated from Harvard in 1848
and devoted his life to teaching, having taught in Massachu-
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setts, New York City, Vicksburg, Miss., Alexandria, Va., and
for more than twenty years in Chicago.
Irene Freeman Sanger taught school in Dover, Burlington,
Vt., Andover, and for more than twenty years was connected
with a young woman's school — Gannett Institute, in Boston.
Ralph, b. Mar. 31, 1818, d. Mar. 31, 1850, in New Orleans.
George Partridge, b. Nov. 27, 1819, d. July 3, i8go, res. Cambridge.
Charlotte Kingman, b. Aug. 17, 1822, m. William W. Gannett, Cam-
John White, b. Mar. 15, 1824, d. Sept. 16, 1866, at Shanghai, master
of a vessel.
Simon Greenleaf, b. Mar. 9, 1827, res. Chicago, 111.
Irene Freeman, b. Aug. 13, 1830, res. Andover.
I. Levi^ Sawin (John^""', John'*, Thomas^, John-, Robert^), b.
1760, m. 1783 Lurana, dau. Elisha and Jemima (Toblin) Morse,
b. May 3, 1765. He d. 1857. Mr. Sawin was descended from
John Sawin, who came to this country in 1650, and is believed
to have been the ancestor of the American family. He was a
son of Robert Sawin of Boxford, England. It is said that John
Sawin, son of Thomas, was the first white child born in the In-
dian town of Natick. Levi Sawin settled in Dover in 1800 and
lived for a time on the farm owned by the late Elbridge L.
Mann. He had a family of thirteen children, four of whom
were born in Dover. Six died in infancy. Only one, Joel, con-
tinued to live here. Thomas E. Sawin, in a "Summary of
Sawin lineage," says, "Levi, b. 1760, Universalist, was in the
Continental Army about 14 mo." He lived in various places in
town and was in the employ of Daniel Mann. Children :
(2) Joel, b. June 2"], 1784.
Mary, b. 1788, m. Luther Richards, Dover.
Lurana, b. Apr. 10, 1799, m. Samuel Jones.
Leviy b. May 28, 1801, d. Dec. 31, 1802.
Clarissa, b. Feb. 21, 1805, m. Amos Colburn.
Selinda, b. Sept. 28, 1808, m. 1828 Chas. Scott.
Sophia, b .
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2. Joel" (Levi*^, John^, Johii^, Thomas'^, John-, Robert^), b.
June 27, 1784, m. 1809, Polly, dau. Hezekiah and Mary (Man-
sell) Battle, b. Sept. 7, 1784, d. Dec. 19, 1882. He d. 1849. Mr.
Sawin lived on the Hezekiah Battelle farm on Centre street.
His son, Isaac W. Sawin, was a prominent physician in Provi-
dence, R. 1. He was a graduate of the Western Homeopathic
College, the Cleveland University of Medicine and Surgery,
and took a course of postgraduate study in Europe. He was
president of the Rhode Island Homeopathic Society and a visit-
ing physician of the Rhode Island Homeopathic Hospital from
1866 to 1892. and was annually elected a consulting physician
as long as he lived. Dr. Sawin was a senator of the American
Institution of Homeopathy. He married^ Jan. i, 1849, Olive
Short, dau. Samuel and Rachel (Martin) Budlong. Dr. Sawin
died Feb. i, 1906. He retained a deep interest in his native
town. Children :
Lewis L., b. Jan. 13, 1810, m. E. B. Whiting, 2ndly E. B. Wood, res.
Leander L., b. Mar. 26, 181 1, d. Feb. 14, 1836.
Mary M., b. May 19, 1813, m. Mar. 17, 1846, Dexter Baker.
Malvina M., b. Feb. 16, 1815, d. July 5, 1815.
Rebecca B., b. Aug. 31, 1820, m. July 2. 1840. L. P. Jennison.
Isaac W., b. Dec. 30, 1823, res. Providence.
3. Calvin"^ (Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-, Robert^),
b. March 25, 1789, m. April 21, 1818, Hannah, dau. John and
Hannah (Loker) Felch of Natick, b. Aug. 31, 1789, d. March
4, 1880. He died Dec. 24, 1847. Mr. Sawin was born in Prince-
ton, and was an only son in a family of seven children, all of
whom settled in Natick or vicinity. Mr. Sawin took up his res-
idence in Natick, the home of his ancestors, where his children
were born. He purchased the Capt. Chas. Morse farm on the
Clay brook road (Benj.' N. Sawin and E. F. Phelps farms) to
which he moved his family. Children :
(4) Calvin H.. b. Dec. 13, 1820.
(5) Benjamin N., b. Feb. 9, 1823.
(6) Warren, b. July 17, 1825.
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4. Calvin^ H. (Calvin", Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-,
Robert^), b. Dec. 13, 1820, m. Nov. 27, 1844 Ede L., dau. Moses
and Ed^ (Learned) Gihnore, b. April 8, 1825, d. Oct. 6, 1848,
m. 2ndly July 23, 1850, Sarah F.. dau. Abner and Sally (Rogers)
Rogers, b. Mar. 20, 1821, d. Nov. 20, i860. He died June 16,
1886. Mr. Sawin was a carpenter by trade and lived on the Clay
brook road. Children :
Harlow C, b. Nov. 24, 1845, d. Sept. 6, 1848.
Hannah R., b. Feb. i, 1852, m. Chas. F. Stewart, res. Los Angeles.
Sarah V., b. Dec. 7, 1854, m. Herbert A. Ellis, res. Wellesley.
Ede L., b. Jan. 5, 1863, m. Frank W. Manchester, res. Natick.
5. Benjamin^ N. (Calvin', Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-,
Robert^), b. Feb. 9, 1823, m. Oct. 20, 1863, Mary J., dau. Aaron
and Mary S. (Brooks) Bacon, b. Aug. 1837, d. Sept. 6, 1888,
m. 2ndly Oct. 12, 1893, Sarah Eudora, dau. John and Abigail
(Wight) Shumway, b. Oct. 20, 1841, d. 1900. He d. Apr. 20,
1905. Mr. Sawin occupied the homestead on the Clay brook
road. He was a successful farmer and applied business princi-
ples to farming, demonstrating the cost of producing various
farm products, including the cost per bushel of raising corn. In
this intelligent directing of farming he was a pioneer. He was
one of the original members of the Needham Farmers and Me-
chanics' Association and was instrumental in its organization.
Mr. Sawin succeeded Hiram W. Jones as the town insurance
agent and did a successful business with the Norfolk Mutual
Fire Insurance and other companies. He developed beautiful
picnic grounds on Charles river, the estate of N. S. Bartlett, Jr.,
and in the years that have passed entertained hundreds of picnic
parties from Boston, Newton, and the surrounding country.
Mr. Sawin held many town offices including selectman, assessor,
school committee, and park commissioner. He will long be re-
membered with those who were associated with him on the board
of cemetery commissioners, — George L. Howe and Ithamar
WhitinjT — for the beautiful irranite wall which thev erected in
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front of the cemetery, an enduring monument to their taste and
Mary N.. b. Nov. 29, 1864, d. Mar. 10, 1874.
George N., b. Oct. 29, 1869, d. Mar. 13, 1874.
6. Warren^ (Calvin^, Jesse*^, John°, John^, Thomas^, John-,
Robert!), b. July 17, 1825, m. Nov. 21, 1847, Mary Ann, dau.
Capt. William and Harriet Pierce, of Needham, b. Mar. 4, 1827,
d. Nov. 8, 1878. He d. Mar. 21, 1881. Mr. Sawin was a car-
penter and built his house on the Sawin estate on the Clay brook
road. Children :
Eunice A., b. Sept. 20, 1848.
Mary E., b. Aug. 10, 1850, m. Dec. 25, 1881, Albert H. Bacon,
(7) Frank W., b. July 28, 1851.
Annie M., b. Jan. 25, 1858, m. Apr. 4, 1876, Albert H. Bacon, d.
Dec. 16, 1879.
7. Frank^ W. (Warren^, Calvin^, Jesse^, John^, John*, Thom-
as3, John2, Robert^), b. July 28, 1851, m. April 21, 1880, Cora A.,
dau. Josiah and Lydia Grossman (Jones) Bean of Natick, b. Jan,
4, 1857. Mr. Sawin occupied the homestead on the Clay brook
road, which he sold some time since and moved to Natick. Chil-
Walter A., b. Mar. 22, 1881, res. Boston.
Ralph U., b. Jan. 24, 1883, res. Natick.
Mary L., b. Aug. 28, 1885, m. Ernest Blease, res. Saxonville.
Alfred J., b. Oct. 28, 1888, d. Jan. 31, 1889.
I. John^ Shumway (Solomon*, Jeremiah^, Peter^, Peter*),
b. Dec. 4, 1787, m. May 30, 1813, Abigail, dau. Amos and Han-
nah (Morse) Wight, b. Dec. 21, 1792, d. Feb. 21, 1875. He died
Feb. 21, 1844. Mr. Shumway settled on Farm street at the time
of his marriage (Pokanoket club). He came here from Kill-
ingly, Conn. This is perhaps the only one of the old families
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that is not of English descent. This family is of French origin
and probably belonged in its transatlantic home, to the greatly
persecuted Protestant sect of Huguenots, so celebrated in the
history of civil and religious liberty. Its first representative m
New England was Peter Shumway, who appeared about the
middle of the 17th century and settled in the town of Topsfield.
He was a soldier in King Philip's war, and is said to have been
present at the taking of the fort in the memorable swamp fight.
He had a son, Peter, born June 6, 1678, who went to Boxford
and married there, Feb. 11, 1700-1, Maria Smith. Of this
union six children were born before 1713, when the family re-
moved to Oxford to join the declining Huguenot settlement
there, and in that place three more children were born. John
Shumway was a respected citizen who held many positions of
trust and responsibility. Children :
Abigail Wight, b. Sept. 24, 1814, m. Jan. i^, 1836. Daniel W. Bul-
Elizabeth Morse, b. Sept. 4, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1847.
(2) Amos Wight, b. May 13, 1819.
John Worthington, b. Mar. 24, 1821, m. Dec. 22, 1853, Sarah G.
Benjamin Franklin, b. Mar. 23, 1823, m. Nov. 26. 1846, Lucy Ann
Cutler, res. Medfield.
George Howard, b. Feb. 11, 1825, m. Nov. 7, 1853, Mary S. Bick-
ford, res. Medfield.
William Frederick, b. Jan. 16, 1828, d. Jan. 25. 1840.
Elbridge Eugene, b. Feb. 9, 1830, m. Nov. 7, 1859, Amanda C.
Wales, res. Norwood.
Hannah Louisa, b. Apr. 16. 1832. d. Aug. 2^, 1848.
Sarah Eudora, b. Oct. 21, 1841, m. Oct. 12, 1893, Benj. N. Sawin.
2. Amos^ Wight (John^*, Solomon^*, Jeremiah^, Peter-,
Peteri), b. May 13, 1819, m. Dec. i, 1847, Hannah, daughter
Oliver and Sarah (French) Harding, b. Feb. 28, 1820, d. Dec.
25, 1897. He d. Feb. 27, 1893. Mr. Shumway owned the home-
stead on Farm street. His first public service was as master of
the West school. He was moderator of the annual town meet-
ing for thirty-five years, an assessor for forty-one years, a mem-
ber of the board of selectmen for twenty-five years, and eight
years a member of the school committee. Mr. Shumway was
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chairman of the Democratic town committee for twenty-five
years. He represented the Ninth Norfolk District in the Gen-
eral Court in 1873. He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace
in 1874 and held a commission at the time of his death. He was
interested in military affairs, and at one time was captain of the
Independent Company which was organized in Medfield in 1839.
He was a charter member and the first master of the Dover
Grange, Patron of Husbandry. Mr. Shumway was an excellent
farmer and always illustrated the ancient custom of providing a
large wood pile, which was cut in the woods in early winter and
drawn to the door with the first fall of snow. During the win-
ter and early spring it was cut into fire wood and well seasoned
for the year's supply. The size of the wood pile always testified
to the thrift of the farmer. Children :
Hannah Louisa, b. Aug. 28, 1849, m. Feb. 18, 1892. Curtis Broad,
(3) Amos Wight, b. Aug. 16, 1851.
William Frederick, b. Oct. 10, 1853, m. IMay 19, 1875, Martha A.
Perkins, res. Peabody. He d. Mar. 19, 1883.
3. Amos" Wight, Jr. (Amos W.^, John^, Solomon*, Jere-
miah^, Peter^, Peter^), b. Aug. 16, 1851, m. May 11, 1881, Jen-
nie M., dau. Martin and Eunice (Wentworth) Smith, Skowhe-
^an, Maine. Has lived in Foxboro, Los Angeles, Cal., and in
1893 inherited his father's farm and took up his residence here,
but subsequently returned with his family to California. Chil-
Eunice Wentworth, b. July 26, 1882, d. May 22, 1883.
Hannah Bernice, b. Jan. 29, 1885, d. Aug. 14, 1890.
Amos Wight, b. Feb. 13, 1886, res. Los Angeles.
Fay Marie, b. Feb. 20, 1889, d. Aug. 28, 1890.
Fred Martin, b. Sept. 17, 1890, m. Nov., 1912, Martha Winters.
Emma Manning, b. Aug. 15, 1892.
Sherman Nelson, b. Dec. 18, 1894, res. Los Angeles.
I. Joseph-"* Smith (Ebenezer*, Joseph^, AsaheF, Robert^),
son of Ebenezer and Lydia (Hartshorn) Smith was b. Aug. 25.
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1746; ni. Sept. ly, 1777, Calla, dau. Hezekiah and Mary
(Peters) Allen, b. Jan. 11, 1759. He died Sept. 6, 1808, and
she m. 2ndly Josiah Wheeler, Grafton. Mr. Smith was born on
the homestead, Summer street, West Dedham, but came to the
Springfield Parish previous to 1775. He took part in the battle
of Bunker Hill, also at Dorchester Heights. He purchased
Mar. 24, 1779 the south part of lot No. 111 in Westminster and
moved there with his wife and child. Mr. Smith was descended
from Robert Smith, whose name appears in an agreement made
in Exeter, N. H., July 5, 1639, between 31 of the "Loyal sub-
jects of our dread sovereign, Charles, by the Grace of God King
of England, Scotland, France and Ireland." The signers of this
compact "being brethren of the church of Exeter, considering
with ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity that
we should not live without wholsom lawes and gouernment
amongst us, of which we are altogether destitute, do in the name
of God combine ourselves together to erect and set up
amongst us such gouernment as shall be to our best
discerning agreeable to the will of God according to the
libertys of our English Colony of the Massachusetts,
and binding ourselves sollemly by the grace and helpe of
Christ and in his name and feare to submit ourselves to such
godly and Christian lawes as are established in the realms of
England to our best knowleg and to all other such lawes which
shall upon good grounds be made and inacted amongst us ac-
cording to God, that we may live quietly and peaceably together
in all godliness and honesty." The year previous (1638) Mr.
Smith was in Boston.
He continued to live in Exeter for some years and was sev-
eral times commissioned by the General Court "for the settling
of small affairs." He was a tailor by trade. He moved with his
family to Hampton as early as 1657, where his wife, Susanna,
was killed by lightning, June 12. 1680. There is nothing to
show where he was born or to whom married, but from tradi-
tion we are led to believe that he came over with the Dorchester
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Company and was a son of Quartermaster John Smith. He
died in Hampton Aug. 10, 1706, in the 96th year of his age. It
is known that he had four children — Israel, John, Asahel and
Joseph, but there is no record of their birth. Asahel first ap-
pears in Dorchester. He was a "cordwainer," and probably
learned his trade in that town. On the 20th of April, 1669, the
constables of Dorchester presented to the selectmen "a list of
the young men that were not under the gouvernment of familys
according as the law enjoynes,"' in obedience to "the order of
the Court requiring ye Selectmen to take inspection of their
orderly walking and submitting to famely gouvernment." The
name of Asahel Smith appears on this list, which goes to show
that at that time he was no longer an apprentice. We may pre-
sume then that he had recently come of age, and that he had
just quitted the service of his employer. He must have mar-
ried very soon afterward for we find him in Dedham in 1671,
where a daughter, Mary, was born to him and his wife, Mary,
Nov. I, of that year, and a son, Joseph, in Feb. 1673-4. There
is no record of his marriage or of his wife's family name. She
died May 10, 1676, and he married a second wife, Elizabeth,
whose family name is also unknown. Asahel Smith was a prom-
inent man in Dedham. He represented the town in the Gen-
eral Court in 1698, and was several times selected selectman,
sometimes being chairman. He was the first town treasurer,
having been elected to that office in 1694. He had various grants
of land made to him by the town of Dedham, the first being a
grant of six acres in 1684, near the dwelling-house of Samuel
Gay, on the way leading to Fowl Meadow; early in 1700 (1706-
1708) he was granted 24 acres of land on Pond Plain, West
Dedham, which seems to have been the homestead. He added
to this from time to time by grant or purchase. His will, dated
Aug. 4, 1714, and probated May 12. 171 5, provides that his two
youngest sons, Nathaniel and Israel, are to have the homestead
when their mother's interest in it became extinct either through
death or marriage, consisting of 24 1-2 acres with house, bam,
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etc., "lying near South plain." The children of Joseph Smith,
all of whom were born in Westminister, except the lirst, are as
(2) Draper, b. Dec. 20, 1777.
Deborah, b. Sept. 5. 1779, m. John Dupee.
Calla, b. May 2, 1782, m. John Minot, Dorchester.
Joseph, b. Aug. 7, 1784, res. Concord.
Allen, b. Jan. 22, 1787, res. New Market, N. H.
Patty, b. May 11, 1789, m. David Reed.
Joel, b. Sept. 20, 1791, settled in Maine.
Polly, b. Oct. 7, 1794, m. Joseph Palis. Hubbardston.
Calvin, b. Apr. 20, 17^, res. Templeton.
Asa, b. Nov. 16, 1799, res. Gardner.
2. Draper^ (Joseph-"^, Ebenezer^, Joseph'^ Asahel-, Robert^),
b. Dec. 20, 1777, m. May 10, 1809, Anna, dau. IMicah and Anna
(Pratt) Leland of Sherborn, b. Dec. 11, 1781 ; d. Dec. 25, 1857.
He died Mar. 20, 1852. Mr. Smith purchased the duy farm in
the westerly part of the town — Smith street. He added to
farming the cutting of ship timber and the burning of charcoal
which he sold in the Boston market. Children :
(3) Joseph A., b. Apr. 24, 1813.
(4) Albert L., b. Apr. 30, 1820, d. May 10, 1876.
3. Joseph^ Allen (Draper^, Joseph'*. Ebenezer'^, Joseph^,
Asahel-, Robert^), b. Apr. 24, 1813, m. June 2, 1844, Louisa B.,
dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. Mar. 9. 1823, d.
Aug. 24, 1908. He died July 21, 1886. Mr. Smith carried on
in the early years of his life the slaughtering business in the
westerly part of the town with butchers' carts on the road, later
he was a farmer on Smith street and was for many years a
member of the board of assessors, selectmen, a member of the
school committee, and a deacon in the First Parish Church.
'Anna Leland, b. Aug. 14, 1847, m. Jan. 18, 1872, Oliver N. Barber,
4. Albert' Leland (Draper^, Joseph'', Ebenezer^, Joseph^.
Asahel-, Robert^), b. Apr. 30, 1820, m. May 17, 1849, Sarah E.,
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dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. Jan. 17, 1821, d.
Aug. 5, 1901. He died May 10, 1876. Mr. Smith inherited his
father's farm on Smith street and united for many years the
business of marketing with farming. There was built on this
farm, some time previous to 1845, ^^ ice cellar which was the
first attempt made in town to keep ice for summer use. Previ-
ous to this time all provisions, butter, milk, etc., were kept in
cellars or by hanging in the well. Children;
Draper, b. Oct. 9, 1851, m. July, 1876, Henrietta I. Woodward,
Liberty, O. Res. Omaha. Neb.
(5) Frank, b. June 11, 1854, m. Oct. 17, 1888, Jennie G. Allen, West
(6) Joseph, b. Mar. 17, i860, m. June i, 1887, Sarah R. Parmenter.
5. Franks (Albert", Draper^, Joseph^. Ebenezer^, Joseph^,
Asahel-, Robert^), b. June 11, 1854, m. Oct. 17, 1888, Jennie
Gertrude, dau. Samuel F. and Hannah (Ellis) Allen of West
Dedham^ b. Mar. i, 1866, d. Nov. 21, 1893, m. 2ndly, June 9,
1897, Lillian Ellis, dau. John Leonard and Lucy (Ellis) Fisher
of West wood, b. Oct. 8. 1870.
Mr. Smith was for many years a member of the firm of
Thompson, Brown & Co., Publishers, Boston, res. Dedham.
Ellis, b. July 15, 1898.
Sarah, b. Aug. 23, 1903.
6. Joseph^ (Albert", Draper^, Joseph^, Ebenezer*, Joseph-^,
AsaheP, Robert^), b. Mar. 17, i860, m. June i, 1887, Sarah R.,
dau. Curtis and Mary J. (Dwinell) Parmenter of Framingham,
b. Oct. 5, 1864. He d. June 4, 1904. Mr. Smith lived on the
homestead and developed in connection with his farm a large
wholesale milk business. He was a member of the board of se-
lectmen at the time of his death and chairman of the Democratic
town committee. Children :
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Frank Raymond, b. Feb. i6, 1888, d. Aug. 11, 1889.
Gladys Mildred, b. Sept. 30, 1889, m. Apr. 19, 1915, Frank L. Trafton.
Hempstead, N. H.
Lawrence, b. Apr. 22, 1893. Graduated Clark College. 1915.
7. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Joseph-^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Feb.
26, 1747-8, m. Oct. 31, 1775, Catherine, dau. Thomas and Re-
becca (Whiting) Richards, b. Aug. 7, 1755. He d. Feb. 16,
1819. Mr. Smith was burn in West Dcdham, and settled here
in 1775, having purchased a tract of land of WilHam Fisher,
which he converted into the farm on Dedham street, which is
now owned by Miss Juhet Higginson. He was a cordwainer
as well as farmer and made shoes for the army as the following
item shows: 1780 paid Ebenezer Smith "sixty-three pounds for
shoes found the Continental soldiers. He was a prominent citi-
zen and a deacon in the First Parish Church. Children :
(8) Lewis, b. Oct. 28, 1776.
(9) Ebenezer, b. Feb. 27, 1779.
Olive, b. Nov. 21, 1780, m. Nov. 21, 1805. James Tisdale.
Catharine, b. Dec. 27, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 1803, Enoch Whiting.
(10) Rufus b. Mar. 29, 1785.
Rebecca, b. Nov. 27, 1792, m. May 25, 1813, Elijah Hastings. Am-
8. Lewis® (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Rob-
ert^), b. Oct. 28, 1776, m. Nov. 26, 1801, Ann, dau. Thomas
and Abigail (Fisher) Burrage, b. 1779, d. Nov. 25. 1850. He
died Jan. 11, 1819. Mr. Smith lived on the homestead. He was
instantly killed by the falling of a tree while chopping with his
cousin, Calvin Richards, in the woods south of the "New Mill."
Verifying the Scripture: Two shall be in the field; the one shall
be taken and the other left. The spot has been marked by the
erection of a stone. Among the few sermons printed by the
Rev. Dr. Sanger was the one preached the Sunday following
Mr. Smith's death. This discourse was widely circulated. Mr.
Smith very honorably and acceptably filled many offices of the
town. He was for many years one of the choristers of the
church. He was an active friend of sacred music and
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contributed in many ways to promote it. The duties of
his office he discharged with remarkable constancy. He was
never, it is believed, absent from his seat except in case of ne-
cessity. He was town treasurer at the time of his death. He
was universally beloved and respected. Children :
Selinda, b. Aug. lo. 1803, m. Apr. 5, 1827, John R. Miller, North-
Ann, b. Feb. 6, 1806, m. June 4. 1835, William Clarke, res. Day-
(11) Lewis, b. Feb. 22. 1808.
Francis, b. Mar. 25. 1810, d. Aug. 30, 1826.
Catherine R., b. Apr. 15, 1812, m. May 15, 1831, Geo. S. Burrage.
Isaac S., b. Dec. 27, 1814, m. Dec. i, 1843, Frances Carter.
Abbie B., b. June 10, 1817, ni. Nov. i, 1837, John Adams.
Martha I. b. Oct. 12, 1819, m. Dec. 2, 1843, Calvin L. Haines,
9. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Rob-
ert^), b. Feb. 27, 1779, m. Jan. 14, 1805, Rebecca, dau. Timothy
and Rebecca (Eames) Allen, b. May 20, 1784; d. Apr. 27, 1848.
He died Sept. 7, 1847. Mr. Smith was a carpenter by trade.
He built the Irving Colburn house on Farm street, which he oc-
cupied for a time, but later moved to Ashford, Conn., to engage
in manufacturing. On his return to Dover some years later he
occupied the house on Farm street, which was removed a few
years since by Mr. Dorr. This farm was a part of Mrs. Allen's
father's estate. In this age of short hours of labor for me-
chanics and others, we would call attention to the fact that in
Mr. Smith's day carpenters worked from sun to sun. He often
rose at 4 o'clock in the morning walked two miles to his work
with a kit of tools on his back, and continued until sundown on
the longest summer day. Children :
Melancthan, b. Oct. 28, 1805, m. Lucy Ann Hunt, res. Boston.
Rebecca E.. b. Apr. 25, 1808, d. July 25. 1888.
Orlando, b. July 3. 181 1, d. Mar. 23 1865, settled in Boston, m.
Harriet Brumet. Child, Orlando M., b. in Dover, June 13, 1838.
Reuben, b. Apr. 7, 1814, d. Apr. 10, 1814.
Lucius, b. Oct. 22, 1815, d. Jan. 28, 1886.
Clarissa A., b. June 9. 1818, d. Mar. 9, 1893, m. June 10, 1849,
David E. Allen.
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12) Abner L., b. Jan. 23, 1823, d. Aug. 15, 1876.
William F b. Dec. 16, 1826, d. Aug. 11. 1878. He married first
Caroline Cobb, 2ndly Ann Cobb, both of Dover, res Cleve-
10. Rufus6 (EbenezerS, Ebenezer^, Joseph^, AsaheP, Rob-
erti), b. Nov. 29, 1785, m. Sept. 15, 1806. Achsah Ingram of
Amherst, d. Oct. 8, 1819, m. 2ndly, 1821, Elizabeth Browning,
d. Dec. 29, 1872. He lived in Dover for a time, where several
of his children were born, then took up his residence in Wil-
mington, Vt. ; later moved to Amherst and died in Colerain,
May 22, 1868. Children :
Catherine R., b. Sept. 5, 1807.
Mary, b. Feb. 4, 181 1, d. 1839.
Louise, b. 1817, d. Nov. 24, 1887.
Ansel, b. Dec. 29, 1816. res. Coierain
Barbara A., b. May 6, 1819.
Horace A., b. 182 — , was a missionary to India.
Elizabeth, b. 1827.
11. Lewis^ (Lewis^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-,
Robert^), b. Feb. 22, 1808, m. Oct. 31, 1838, Mary S., dau. Na-
thaniel and Mary (Stodder) Wilson, b. Oct. 31, 1838, d. Nov.
14, 1842. He m. 2ndly, May 10, 1845, Eliza, dau. Nathaniel
and Mary (Stodder) Wilson, b. Feb. 25, 1821 ; d. Oct. 23, 1880.
m. 3rdly, Nov. 26, 1882, Mrs. Hannah Allen, widow of Jared
Allen and dau. of John and Ruth (Tolman) Dickerman, b. May
20, 1807, d. Jan. 4. 1899. He died Dec. 3, 1888. Mr. Smith
united with farming, a retail milk business, and was the first to
engage in this business which has become an industry in the
town. He sold the farm of his father and purchased the small
place on Farm street, formerly owned by John M. Brown.
Lewis Jr., b. Nov. 12, 1843. m. Aug. 2, 1866, Hattie F. Pratt, res.
Mary F., b. Jan. 17, 1839. d. Dec. 27, 1&S8.
Frederick E., b. Feb. 9, 1846, m. May 28, 1872, Ida D. Albee res
Annie E., b. Dec. 24. 1849, d. Apr. 2, 1882.
Alice A., b. Feb. 24, 1854. res. Boston.
'^%^ ^b ^r ^^^
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12. Abner" Lewis (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Jo-
seph^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Jan. 23, 1823, m. June 10, 1849,
Mary W., dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. May 10,
1828, d. June 24, 1910. He d. Aug. 15, 1876. Mr. Smith pur-
chased the Howland farm on Farm street, and developed and
improved it, in the setting out of a fine orchards and beautiful
shade trees. He was for many years chairman of the board of
selectmen, town clerk and constable. He also represented the
town in the General Court. Children:
(13) Charles Hunt, b. Apr. 5. 1850.
(14) Allen Francis, b. Sept. 27, 1862, m. May 15, 1888, Mrs. Edella
D. Norton, b. Nov. 17, 1848.
George Melancthan, b. Nov. 4, 1869, d. Sept. 22, 1890.
13. Charles^ Hunt (Abner', Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebene-
zer*, Joseph^, AsaheF, Robert^), b. Apr. 5, 1850, m. Nov. 14,
1876, Mary, dau. of Capt. John and Mary (Hardy) Humphrey,
b. Aug. 22, 1852. Mr. Smith succeeded his father as town clerk;
he was chairman of the board of selectmen, and was appointed
treasurer of Norfolk County in 1890, and elected to the office the
following year. In 1891 he took up his residence in Dedham,
where he d. in office July 16, 1906. Children:
Bessie Mary, b. Aug. 6, 1877, m. Ross W. Baker, Dedham.
Maud Clara, b. Oct. i, 1880. m. James Humphreys, Dedham.
Abner Humphrey, b. Oct. 24, 1882, m. Ethel Webb. res. Dedham.
Edith Hardy, b. Sept. 20. 1884.
Edward Allen, b. Dec, 1886. d. Jan., 1887.
Anson Howe, b. Feb. 14, 1890.
Celia Marsh, b. Dec. 8, 1896.
14. Allen^ Francis (Abner'', Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebene-
zer-*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Sept. 2.y, 1862, m. May 15;
1888, Mrs. Edella D. (Chickering) Norton, widow of T. Cooley
Norton and dau. of James and Phebe Ann (Thompson) Chick-
ering, b. Nov. 17, 1848. Mr. Smith is a farmer and insurance
agent. He has been for many years a member of the school
committee and an assessor and at one time held the office of
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town clerk, succeeding his father and brother, Charles H. Smith.
Qiild (by adoption) :
Willard, b. Dec. 5, 1895.
15. Barak'^ (Caleb^, CaleW), was bom in Needham, m. Aug.
30, 1782, Abigail, dau. Ebenezer and Hannah (Allen) Battelle,
b. Jan. 28, 1764. He moved to Ashford, Conn., previous to
1800. Mr. Smith was in the Springfield Parish during the entire
Revolutionary period and did good service in various places. It
does not appear that he was an owner of real estate here. Chil-
(16) Jabez, b. Aug. 13, 1784, m. Mar. 5. 1807. Chloe Richards.
Nabby, b. Sept. 20. 1786.
Deborah, b. Apr. 20, 1789.
Barak, b. Sept. 16, 1791.
Mehitable, b. Feb. 19, 1794.
Lucy, b. Sept. 24, 1796.
16. Jabez^ (Barak^, Caleb-, Caleb^), b. Aug. 18, 1784, m. Mar.
5, 1807, Ghloe, dau. Abiather, Jr., and Elizabeth (Richards)
Richards, b. Sept. 13, 1782. Mr. Smith removed from Ashford,
Conn., to Wilmington, Vt., in 1816. Children:
T/. Thomas" (Titus^, George-''. Samuel'*, SamueP, Samuel-,
Henryi), b. 1799, m. 1825, Eliza Wadsworth, dau. Moses and
Elizabeth (Tisdale) Wadsworth. b. June 15, 1806. d. Sept. 12,
1883. He d. June 9, 1878. Mr. Smith was descended from
Henry Smith who came from England in 1637 with his wife
Elizabeth and two sons. He first settled in Dedham, but moved
to Medfield in 1651-52, where he was a trusted citizen. Thomas
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Smith inherited the farm of his wife's father on County street
and estabhshed in connection the manufacture of brushes. He
was a man of musical and inventive genius.
As a musician he was of note in the vicinity. On the street
he played a fife, and his execution on that instrument was such
as to cause his services to be constantly in demand wherever such
music was required. He composed and arranged considerable
music adapted to this instrument. He played the flute in the
days before the advent of the church organ, when various instru-
ments were used to accompany the singers in church choirs, and
the tunes which he produced, from this instrument, were consid-
ered as good as could be obtained by any player in New England.
He was a good judge of vocal music and served as a choir
director for many years. When about sixty years of age he
conceived a desire to play the piano. He purchased an instru-
ment of the highest grade and applied himself with such a degree
of patience that he became quite proficient as a player of the
pianoforte. Mr. Smith's inventive genius was noticeable in many
ways, in improvements in tools, machinery and methods used
in the line of his business, the manufacture of brushes. He
made the best whitewash brushes on the market and invented
the process of utilizing the natural curve of bristles so that his
brushes kept their shape while in use much better than others
which was a great advantage to the workman. While he ex-
celled in the manufacture of whitewash brushes, his paint and
floor brushes were also in great demand.
His genius was also noticeable in the machinery, vehicles and
appliances used in working his farm. "Every invention," says
one who remembers him, "seemed to be in the line of a saving
in human strength or of time." Among his many inventions
was a patent mouthpiece to be used in playing the fife or flute,
when the player's lips became too tired to use in the ordinary
way. He is believed to have had the first kerosene lamp ever
used in town. Mr. Smith left no children.
Robert^ (Johni), b. Mar. 28, 1839, in Ayershire, Scotland, m.
228 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Apr. 9, 1862, Mary A., dau. of William and Catherine (Chal-
mers) Hill, b. Apr. 19, 1842. Children:
Hill W., b. Mar. 4, 1867.
Robert H., b. May 13, 1872.
1. Alexander" Soule (James*', Ephraim^, Zacheriah*, Benja-
min^, John-, George^), son of James and Molly (Holmes)
Soule, was b. July 14, 1795, m. Apr. 3, 1823, Hannah, dau. Mi-
chael and Hannah (Baker) Draper, b. Sept. 10, 1797, d. Dec.
17, 1893. He d. Apr. 15, 1878. The Dover family is descended
from George Soule, one of the signers of the Mayflower Com-
pact. He was a man of strong personality which he made to be
felt during his whole life. He early settled in Duxbury and as
a military man his services were several times given in fighting
the Indians. In Plymouth he was early chosen a n:}ember of a
committee to draw up an order concerning disorderly "drink-
ing of tobacco," as smoking was then called. The Soules were
originally a seafaring people and it is said "they could fish,
trade and sail their own vessels." Members of this family
married into both the Standish and Alden families. Mr. Soule
carne to Dover from Oxford, Maine, his native place. He oc-
cupied for many years the farm of his father-in-law, Michael
Draper, on Farm street, which is now owned by Andrew J.
Peters. He was a very jovial man and always full of jokes and
fun. He was a Captain in the militia, a soldier in the War of
1812, and a member of Constellation Lodge A. F. & A. M. of
Charles Otis. b. Oct. 27, 1823, d. June 22. 1826.
Martha, b. Apr. 2. 1826, m. May 5, 1844, Linus Bliss.
Eliza Draper, b. Dec. 29. 1828, m. June 17, 1852. Lowell Colbum.
Mary Baker, b. Feb. 10, 1831, m. 1851, Ephraim Wilson.
2. Ephraim" (Daniel', Ephraim^, Zacheriah'*, Benjamin^,
John^, George"^), m. June 11, 1809, Sally Colburn of Dedham.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 229
He had for some years a farm on Dedham street (Stan wood
place) and seems to have also lived in Boston and Dedham.
The following children are recorded in Dover:
Ephraim A., b. Apr. 14, 1810, in Boston.
Lemuel C, b. Mar. 23, 1812, in Boston.
Betsey S., b. Aug. 19^ 1814, in Dedham.
Francis, b. Sept. 23, 1819, in Dedham.
Angeline, b. June 9, 1820, in Dover.
Sarah C, b. June 23, 1823, in Dover, d. Dec. 2, 1823.
Walter- Stowe (Samuel^) was born in Sherborn, Oct. 29,
1788, being a son of Samuel and Patty Stowe. He m. Mar. 4,
1813, Cynthia, dau. Seth and Mary (Wight) Wight, b. June 7,
1790, d. Feb. 23, 1870. He d. Jan. 29, 1864. He was descended
from John Stowe, who with his wife Elizabeth, came to New
England in 1634, in one of Winthrop's Companies and settled
in Roxbury. Walter Stowe was a captain in the militia and a
wide-awake and daring fellow. He bought land and built the
WiUiam Condrick house on Hartford street. He owned and
opened the quarry, from which the granite was taken for the
Norfolk County Court House at Dedham. The stone is of fine
quality, and is now used for monumental as well as building
purposes. The territory in the immediate vicinity of Mr.
Stowe's farm has long been infested by rattlesnakes. Mr,
Stowe knew their dens so well that in the spring of the year he
could go out, and in a short time return with a dead rattlesnake.
In hunting rattlesnakes he usually killed them with the flail
which he used in threshing grain. He had little fear of them.
On one occasion he chased a rattlesnake into a stone wall, and
as its tail protruded, he took hold of it and pulled the snake
out, expecting, Indian fashion, to snap its head off, but the alert-
ness of the snake exceeded his expectation, and in an instant he
buried his fangs in Mr. Stowe's coat sleeve, and his life was
saved only by the thickness of his coat. The town of Medfield
gave a bounty on rattlesnakes for many years, but this custom
230 DOVER GENEALOGIES
was never practiced by Dover. Mr. Stowe came upon a rattle-
snake one day which was some distance east of the Medfield
line; he drove the snake, however, with his whip into Medfield,
where he killed it. and claimed the bounty offered by the town.
Cynthia, b. June 13, 1813, m. May .^o. 1838, Cyrus Pickering.
Walter D., b. Oct. 21, 1815, settled in Milford.
Samuel, b. Jan. 31, 1818, m. 1837, Martha C. Buck, settled in
Maine and was a conductor on the Grand Trunk Railroad.
(2) Albert, b. June 21. 1820.
2. .'Xlbert- (Walter^), b. June 21, 1820, m. 1848, Mary Jane
Hersey, of So. Paris, Maine, b. 1824, d. Mar. 5, 1870. He m.
2ndly Mrs. Susan M. Morse of Holliston and soon after moved
from town. He died Mar. 8, 1888. Mr. Stowe occupied the
homestead on Hartford street for many years. He lost an arm
in transporting the stone pillars of the Dedham Court House.
The stone was drawn by twenty-five horses and in the manipula-
tion of a brake Mr. Stowe was thrown under a wheel and his
arm crushed. He always bore testimony to the sense of the
presence of the missing member. After its amputation he com-
plained of the cramped position of the fingers, and relief was
only obtained by putting the amputated arm in a restful and
comfortable position. Mr. Stowe used his one arm with great
dexterity and in the winter season made a business of chopping
cord wood. He, however, met his death in thi^ work, in Mil-
ford, through the lodgment of a tree which suddenly fell upon
him. Children :
Elvira, b. Feb. 19, 1850. m. Jan. 13, 1872, Eli H. Whitney, Westboro.
d. Jan. 6, 1896, leaving a numerous family.
Albert, b. Jan. 13. 1858, d. Oct. 24, 1890.
Cornelius- Sullivan (David^), was a son of David and Mary
(Barrett) Sullivan and was born in Ireland. He married Char-
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lotte, dau. of Arnold and Dolly Ross (Bemis) Wight, b. Dec.
23, 1829, d. Mar. 17, 1915. He d. Feb. 28, 1902. Mr. Sullivan
has the distinction of being the first of the Celtic race to settle
in Dover. As a boy he worked in the store of Theodore Gay
at West Dedham. Arnold Wight, who used to walk across
from Strawberry hill to Gay's store, was probably impressed
by the boy who later entered his employ and in time wedded
his daughter. Children :
Mary, b. Aug. 7, 1847, res. Needham.
John A., b. July 3, 1851, res. Needham.
Amy H., b. Mar. 16, 1854. m. J. W. Higgins.
C. Frank, b. Apr. 22, 1856, m. Addie Sweat, res. Florida.
I. Asa^ Talbot (Enoclr^, Josiah^, Ebenezer'^, George-, Peteri),
b. in Sharon, Apr. 15, 1816, m. Apr. 15, 1840, Elizabeth, dau.
Daniel and Nabby (Richards) Hodges, b. Sept. 4, 18 19, d. Sept.
24, 1892. He d. Oct. 21, 1910. Mr. Talbot had the distinction
of being the first person to use the gold-headed cane presented
to the town by the Boston Post to go in succession to the old-
est male resident of Dover.
He was descended from Peter Talbot, the emigrant who
came from England about 1670 and settled in Dorchester. He
was one of the founders of Chelmsford, but returned to Dor-
chester about 1684, residing in that part of the town which af-
terwards became Stoughton. Mr. Talbot's grandfather, Josiah
Talbot, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and took part
at the battle of Saratoga. His father served in the war of 1812
and his son in the Civil War. Asa Talbot moved to Dover
from Sharon in 1853 ^^^ purchased the farm which he so long
occupied on Farm street. He learned the trade of a cabinet
maker and for a time followed that occupation. He carried on
for many years a milk business in connection with his farm.
Mr. Talbot was the town sexton for many years, and nine times
elected to the board of selectmen. He was a respected citizen
232 DOVER GENEALOGIES
and a deacon of the First Parish Church. Mrs. Talbot was
brought up in the faith of the Friends and always exhibited in
her life the simplicity and kindly spirit of this peace-loving
people. Their two children were born in Sharon. Children :
Levi A., b. June ii, 1842, m. Nov. 24, 1881, Bessie Bell, res. Tim-
Frederick, b. Dec. 25, 1844, d. Feb. 26, 1908.
George^ Hillard Thompson (Charles Bush^, Moses*, Nathan^,
James^, James"^), son of George H. and Elizabeth D. (Fagan)
Thompson, was b. in New Braintree, May 22, 1863, m., Dec. 10,
1887, Adelaide Evora, dau. Frederick Harrison and Susan
Elizabeth (Ware) Wight, b. June 28, 1863. Mr. Thompson is
descended in the sixth generation from James Thompson, who
came to this country from the north of Ireland in 17 19, bring-
ing his family with him. He is also descended in the ninth
generation from Edward Doty of the Mayflower, a signer of
the Compact in Provincetown Harbor. Children :
Georgia Elizabeth*!, b. Sept. 10, 1888. m. Geo. D. Hanchett.
Grace Wight*!, b. May i. 1891.
Charles Bush*, b. Nov. 28, 1892. student at Dartmouth.
Ruth Whiting* J. b. Feb. i. 1895.
Annah Frances*, b. Oct. 12, 1897, student Framingham. Normal
tGraduate Boston University.
*Rorn in New Braintree.
JGraduate Bridgewater Normal School
I. Henry^ Tisdale (James-*, James^, James-, Johni), b. July
31, 1750, m. Jan. 4, 1774, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah (Whit-
ing) Fisher, b. Dec. 20, 1754, d. Oct. 27, 181 5. He died Dec.
25, 1814. Mr. Tisdale settled on the Hartford Turnpike (John
V. Schaffner farm), and this place was for more than a cen-
tury the Tisdale homestead. This family is descended from
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John Tisdale, who located in Duxbury in 1636 and subsequently
moved to Taunton. He is said to be the ancestor from whom
all the Tisdales in America trace their origin. He was killed
by the Indians in 1675, during King Philip's War. His grand-
son, James Tisdale, moved to Lebanon, Conn. The Dover
family is descended from the Lebanon branch. Henry, Bill-
ings and James Tisdale, brothers, came to Dover previous to
the Revolution. The first two named settled in Dover, while
James lived just across the line in Walpole (Alfred B. Tisdale
place). They were related to Nathan Tisdale of Lebanon, a
graduate of Harvard, and a teacher of wide reputation. He
was an instructor of John Trumbull, the celebrated American
artist, who thus spoke of his early instructor: "He labored with
an assiduity and fidelity of the most exalted character and be-
came so widely known that he had scholars from the West In-
dia Islands, Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as from
New England and the northern colonies."
James Tisdale belonged to the Medfield Company of Minute
Men. He was later commissioned a Captain and went with
his company, under Arnold, on that terrible expedition through
the wilderness of Maine to operate against Quebec. He was
taken a prisoner and wounded at Quebec. The following ex-
tract taken from a letter written at Quebec in 1776 is of inter-
est : "I have suffered cold, wet, hunger and imprisonment. I
was made a prisoner the 31st of December last, and that day
I received a wound through my right shoulder in breaking into
Quebec. Still with a good heart, poor clothes and no money,
but a good conscience, I remain etc., etc." This letter fairly
illustrates the spirit of the American soldier in the Revolution.
The Tisdale family has long been celebrated for retentive mem-
ories. It is said of Fisher Tisdale, who was a very constant
attendant at the First Parish Church, that he could accurately
repeat after the service the sermon and prayer of the minister.
He had such a remarkable memory that he could give long
years afterwards, the date of almost any important event.
234 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Fisher, b. Apr. 20, 1774, d. Sept. 26, 1856.
Sally, b. Dec. 14, 1777, m. July 2, 1800, Joseph Newell.
(2) James, b. Oct. 2, 1780.
2. James'' (Henry', James*, James'', James-, John\), b. 1780,
m. Nov. 21, 1805, Olive, dau. Ebenezer and Catherine (Rich-
ards) Smith, b. Nov. 21, 1780, d. July 2, 1852. He d. Oct. 29,
1854. Mr. Tisdale lived on the homestead on Hartford street.
He was a captain in the militia. The Tisdale family has been
in many ways prominent in Dover affairs. For several gener-
ations they have been auctioneers, and the business is still rep-
resented by members of the family. James Tisdale was the
first resident to sell at "public vandue," as auctions were for
many years called. He was a prominent auctioneer and had
sales in the surrounding country for forty miles around. He
was said to be able to draw a bigger crowd than any other auc-
tioneer of his time. He kept the company in a roar of laugh-
ter from the time the sale commenced to its close. He was
quick-witted and bidders never get the better of him. He was
a very jovial man and a great writer of doggerels,* which were
repeated for many years, around Dover, W'alpole and Medheld
Capt. James Tisdale was one of the party who pursued Jason
Fairbanks, the alleged murderer of Eliza Fales of Dedham.
Fairbanks escaped from Dedham Jail and had almost reached
the Canada line, when stopping for breakfast on the Vermont
side he was captured by Capt. Tisdale and his associates and
brought back to Dedham. If Fairbanks had not stopped for
breakfast, he would not have been captured. Children :
Penelope, b. Nov. 2, 1806, m. Sept. 11. 1843. D. B. Commins,
Orleus Aurelius, b. Oct. 18. 1809. m. 1836. Laura Harding, res.
*His account of a Dover Town Meeting a century ago is found in the archives
of the Dover Historical Society.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 235
James P.. b. Apr. 9, 181 1, m. 1849, Laura A. Wood, res. Walpole.
(3) William, b. July 23. 1813, m. Sybil C. Tisdale.
3. William'^ (James*^, Henry^, James"*, James,^ James-, Johni),
b. July 23, 181 3, m. Nov. 17, 1839, Sybil Clark, dau. Peter Clark
and Sally (French) Tisdale, b. 1812, d. Feb. 18, 1872. He
died Nov. 20, 1893. ^r. Tisdale lived on the homestead on
Hartford street. He was a prominent resident and for many
years an assessor of the town. At the time of his death he had
a more extended knowledge of the land of the town, with the
bounds of lots, than any other resident. His knowledge in this
respect was remarkable, as he could locate and bound wood
lots of which the owners were utterly ignorant. The pages
of the Narrative History of Dover were greatly enriched by
his accurate knowledge and interest in the affairs of the town.
In the life of \\'illiam Tisdale we have honesty personified.
It is the testimony of men, long in business, that he was the
most honest man with whom they ever had dealings. "An hon-
est man the noblest work of God."
There was a certain kind of music in homes a half century
ago, the music of the flute and the violin, yet instrumental mu-
sic was not so common as today. An orchestra met for many
years at the house of William Tisdale, which was not only a
source of pleasure to the members, but also to a large number
of visitors. Nearly all the members of this orchestra have
joined the great majority, but these pleasant occasions still lin-
ger in the memory of those who were then but boys and girls.
The orchestra consisted of Samuel F. Allen, ist violin, leader
and prompter; Henry L. Pettee, ist violin; Rufus Draper, 2d
violin and cornet ; Wm. Tisdale, flute ; Mrs. Wm. Tisdale, pi-
ano ; Timothy Allen, base horn; Fisher A. Allen, tambourine,
triangle and bells. This orchestra played most of the popular
music of the day with much skill and sometimes met at the
homes of different members. Children:
(4) Ansel K., b. Jan. 8. 1841, m. Caroline M. Dunn.
Alfred B.. b. Mar. 20. 1846. m. Feb. 21. 1869, Susan A. Bussey, d.
Sept. II, 1885, res. Walpole.
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4. Ansel^ K. (William"^, Janies^, Henry^, Janies^, James^,
James^, John^), b. Jan. 8, 1841, m. June 26, 1867, Caroline M.,
dau. of Theodore and Caroline (Babcock) Dunn, b. Mar. 29,
1842. He died Aug. 10, 191 1. Mr. Tisdale lived on Springdale
avenue, where he built, in 1872, a go'od specimen of the French
roof house which was then common. He was for a time in
the straw business with a cart on the road; later he was en-
gaged as a wholesale confectioner. He was for more than
forty years a correspondent of the Dedham Transcript, and
many years connected with the Boston Herald, Boston Cour-
ier, and other Boston papers. He was a member of the Grand
Army, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, and Presi-
dent of the Dover Historical Society. Child :
William T., b. Aug. 3, 1872, m. Mar. 31, 1897, Annie M. Clark, Fra-
mingham, res. AUston.
Billings^ (James^ James^, James^, John^), b. Mar. 16, 1749,
m. Mar. 4, 1780, Charlotte, dau. Oliver and Mary (Plimpton)
Ellis of Medfield, b. 1762, d. Nov. 13, 1844. He d. Feb. 14,
181 5. Mr. Tisdale purchased the farm now owned by Charles
J. Bradbury, on County street. Child:
Elizabeth, b. Mar. 12, 1781, m. Moses Wadsworth.
Abiathar^ Richmond Tuck (Joseph^), son of Joseph and Anna
(Richmond) Tuck, was born in Temple, Maine, Oct. 21, 1820,
m. Nov. 30, 1848, Dorcas Annf, dau. of George and Hannah
(Guild) Chickering, b. Oct. 29, 1827, d. Oct. 25, 1863, m. 2ndly
Oct. 30, 1867, Mrs. Margaret (Fearing) Bartlett, b. Mar. 9,
1839, d. Feb. 18, 1888. He died Aug. 3, 1895. Mr. Tuck was a
painter by trade and later a merchant. He kept a grocery store
at South Natick, where he lived for many years, also a store at
tThey were married in the First Parish Meeting House immediately after the
Thanksgiving service, which illustrates a New England custom which was common
for many years.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 237
Charles River. He later took up his residence in Dover and
built the house on Farm street now ov^^ned by J. Story Fay, 3rd.
Lizzie A., b. Nov. 9, 1851, m. Apr. 19, 1883, Charles H. Chickering.
George R., b. Dec. 21, 1853, res. Needham.
Eddie, b. Jan. 16, 1862, d. Mar. i, 1862.
Mary I., b. July 21, 1870, d. Jan. 11, 1884.
Marion E., b. Nov. 15, 1872, m. J. William Crisp, Needham.
Jennie L., b. Aug. 7, 1874.
Edna F., b. May 7, 1876, m. Elwyn L. Thorp.
Jonathan^ Upham (Thomas^), b. Jan. 4, 1776, m. Oct. 24,
1804, Mehitable, dau. Aaron and Mehitable (Smith) Whiting,
b. Dec. 12, 1784, d. Nov. 10, 1864. He d. May 26, 1837. Mr.
Upham was a native of Weston. He w^as a paper manufacturer.
His wife inherited a part of the original homestead on Spring-
dale avenue. This family represents all the traditions and cus-
toms of the town. In summer time many a housewife, after
the evening meal, went into the woods, basket in hand, and
gathered checkerberry leaves, liver-wort, sarsaparilla and pnie
buds for the brew of hop beer, which was drunk by the whole
family in haying time. This was brewed with yeast and a few
days after bottling had considerable "pop" to it. The general
health of the people probably suffered from mouth breathing;
in cold weather men took the precaution to tie a silk handker-
chief over the mouth, when trying to keep the cold air out of
their lungs. Doctors recommended this practice instead of in-
sisting upon nose breathing, the importance of which is now gen-
erally recognized in this day of microbes, as well as deep breath-
ing, to reduce the fatty accumulations of the body by means of
the oxygen taken into the system. Mr. Upham sold from the
farm two lots on which the First Parish and Evangelical Con-
gregational meeting-houses now stand. His house was burned
Nov. 10, 1864, and Mrs. Upham perished in the flames. Her son
Walter, with whom she lived, was away from home at the time.
238 DOVER GENEALOGIES
He was engaged in business in Boston and did not rebuild. Chil-
Sarah, b. Nov. 5, 1805. m. June 23. 1824, Adolphus Smith, Newton.
Walter W., b. June 15, 1809, m. Martha Wyman, Boston. He d.
Aug. II, 1883.
Moses Wadsworth, b. 1779, m. 1805 Elizabeth, dau Billings
and Charlotte (Ellis) Tisdale, b. Mar. 12, 178 1, d. Nov. 12, 1870.
He d. Apr. 11, 1852. Mr. Wadsworth was a farmer and lived
on his father-in-law's farm on County street (Bradbury farm).
Mr. Moses Ellis thus speaks of him: Mr. Wadsworth was a tidy
farmer, polite and kind; we boys called him "Sir." He rode to
town frequently in his "covered wagon" and seemed happy to
give us boys a ride and lots of good advice. Mr. Wadsworth
was a great story-teller, like many others in the vicinity, and al-
ways aimed to beat the last story told. An instance is related of
a man telling him he had seen a gymnast set a long ladder on
end, go up to the top of it, balance over the top, and come down
the other side. "O, that is nothing," said Mr. W. "I saw a fel-
low once go up to the top of a ladder that way and then pull
it up after him." Children:
Eliza, b. June 15, 1806, m. 1825, Thomas Smith.
James, b. Dec. 11, 1807, d. Sept. 18, 1825.
George, b. Feb. 19, 1811.
John, b. Nov. 2, 1817. d. Nov. 4, 1817.
1. Patrick^ Wall (William^), was born in Kilkenney, Ireland,
in Dec. 1816, m. at Watertown in 1850 Eliza, dau. Martin and
Eliza Nash, who was born in Kilkenny in 1825, d. Aug. 18, 1902.
He d. Jan. 11, 1890. After a few months' residence in Welles-
ley, Mr. and Mrs. Wall settled in Dover and for many years
owned the Dandrow farm on Dedham street, where all of their
children were born. Mr. Wall was a soldier in the Civil War
DOVER GENEALOGIES 239
and notwithstanding he sustained the loss of his left leg, he was
a very active man. All of his sons are prominent business men,
including three who are located in Boston (Joseph J., James E.
and Philip H.). Children:
William H., b. Nov. 19, 1850, m. Apr. 26, 1871, Sarah L. Stone.
Martin, b. Mar., 1852, d. Nov. 26, 1874.
(2) John F., b. Sept. 12, 1854, m. 1870. Jennie C. Hill.
Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1855, d. Sept. 4, 1875.
Mary, b. Aug. 15, 1856," d. Dec, 1869.
Thomas, b. Apr. 26, 1858.
Joseph J., b. Feb. 26, i860, m. Sept. 24. 1884. Lulu M. Marriott.
James E., b. Jan. 11, 1863, m. June 4, 1902, Mary E. Lyons.
Henry, b. Dec. 19. 1863.
Elizabeth W., b. Dec. 20, 1865, m. Oct. 10. 1900, John H. Naylor,
George F., b. Apr. 19, 1868, m. Apr. 20. 1897, Mary L. Drury.
Philip H., b. Aug. 11, 1870. m. Oct. 22. 1907. Hannah M. Harris.
2. John^ F. Wall (Patrick^), m. Jan. 29, 1871. Jennie C,
dau of William and Catherine (Chalmers) Hill, b. Apr. 11,
1 85 1. Mr. Plill moved from Dover to Norfolk in 1873. Chil-
Kittie C, b. Oct. 26, 1872.
Amy L., b. Sept. 16, 1881.
Alonzo- Wentworth (Joel^), b. Aug. 5, 1829, m. Jan. 21, 1855,
Helen M., dau. Nathaniel and Sarah D. (Home) Meserve, b.
July 18, 1834. Joel \\'entworth and his son Alonzo purchased
the Fisher Allen farm on Bridge street in 1862, moving here
from Cranston, R. I. The Wentworths were natives of Wake-
field, N. H., to which town Alonzo Wentworth returned with
his family in 1872. Joel Wentworth died in Dover Oct. 2, 1865,
and his widow returned to Wakefield with her son, where she
died Mar. 27, 1879. Alonzo Wentworth d. July 5, 1903. Chil-
Estella C, b. Aug. 19, 1858, d. Sept. 10. 1874.
Dora G.. b. Sept. 7, 1861, m. Feb. 1879, Jerome A. Glidden, Wake-
field, N. H.
240 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Edwin O.', b. May 19, 1871, m. Jan. i, 1893, Annie M. Clifford, res.
Los Angeles, California.
Amy G., b. July 18, 1880.
'Born in Dover.
I. Jonathan^ Whiting (Jonathan-, Nathaniel^), son of Jona-
than and Rachel (Thorp) Whiting was b. Nov. 8, 1696, m. Jan.
27, 1725-26, Anna, dau. William and Elizabeth (Avery)
Bullard, b. ]\'Lay 28, 1705, d. May 27, 1767. He d. Feb. 28,
1764. Mr. Whiting was the first member of the Whiting family
to take up his residence here. He settled at the centre of the
town in 1726, on the farm known in recent years as the
McNamara place on Springdale avenue. He was descended
from Nathaniel Whiting, who came to this country from Lin-
colnshire, England, in 1638. He first settled in Lynn, but soon
after took up his residence in Dedham, where he was a mill
owner. The Whiting family is one of the oldest in Dover and
now after nearly two hundred years has no direct representa-
tive in town. Children:
(2) William, b". Jan. 11, 1726-7.
Anna, b. Jan. 6, 1728, m. Aug. 15, 1752, Jeremiah Bacon.
(3) Jonathan, b. Apr. 13, 1731.
(4) Daniel, b. Feb. 5, 1732-3.
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 10, 1734-5, m. Trinity Church, Boston, June
28, 1758, William Draper, Roxbury.
Abigail, b. July 9, 1737, m. Capt. Samuel Sanger, Sherborn.
Nathan, b. May 10, 1739, m. Nancy Newell, and settled in Need-
(5) Ithamar, b. Apr. 12, 1741.
Jemima, b. June 13, 1742, m. June 14, 1764, Elias Haven.
Hannah, b. Sept. 14, 1743, m. Dec. 25, 1764, Josiah Newell, Jr.,
(6; Aaron, b. Dec. 3, 1745.
2. William^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. Jan. 11,
1726-7, m. April 11, 1754, Hannah, dau. Caleb and Hannah
(Pratt) Ellis, b. Feb. 11, 1736-7. He d. Feb. 16, 1808. Mr.
WTiiting's house stood on the site of the Dunn estate. He was
The Grist Mill zvas used from the first settlement in 1640
DOVER GENEALOGIES 241
one of the business men of the Parish, being the owner of the
tannery on Spring brook, in which business he was engaged
for nearly half a century. Children:
Caleb, b. Nov. i8, 1754, d. Dec. 6, 1754.
Caleb, b. Sept. 19, 1755, d. Nov. 5, 1770.
William, b. Oct. 31, 1756. d. Mar. 29, 1762.
Jabez, b. Jan. 11, 1758, m. Oct. 27, 1779, Rebecca Ellis, res. Cam-
Hannah, b. Apr. 13, 1759, d. Mar. 27, 1759.
Ellis, b. Sept. 20, 1760.
(7) William, b. Apr. 11, 1762.
Hannah, b. July 2, 1765, d. in infancy.
Hannah, b. Apr. 10, 1768, m. Dec. 25, 1788, Nathan Draper.
Caleb, b. Mar. 24, 1770.
Joshua, b. Mar. 24, 1770, d. Mar. 30, 1770.
Joshua, b. Sept. 18, 1771, d. Oct. 5, 1771.
Juletta, b. ]May i, 1777. m. Aug. 5, 1802, Hezekiah Allen.
(8) Enoch, b. July 18, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 180—, Catharine Smith, set-
tled in Amherst.
3. Jonathan* (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. April
13, 1731, m. June 15, 1756, Elizabeth, dau. Josiah and Sarah
(Mclntire) Newell of Needham, b. April 20, 1735, d. June 10,
1814. He. d. Aug. 5, 1770. Mrs. Whiting m. 2ndly Nov. 25,
1777, Nathaniel Fisher. Mr. Whiting first occupied and cleared
the farm on Charles River, bounded east by Center street, and
south by the Clay brook road, now owned by Charles H. W.
Foster. Children :
Elizabeth, b. .
Luther, b. Nov. 10, 1758, d. young!
Calvin, b. Nov. 10, 1758, d. young.
Betty, b. Mar. 14, 1761.
Reuben, b. Oct. 24, 1763.
Persis. b. Jan. 22, 1766.
Cynthia, b. Mar. 28, 1768, m. June 24, 1799, Frederick Richards,
Calvin, b. Mar. 4, 1771 (posth.)
4. Daniel** (Jonathan^, Jonathan-, Nathaniel), b. Feb. 5,
1732-3, m. 1 761, Mehitable, dau. Daniel and Mehitable (Haven)
Haven, b. Aug. 8, 1734, d. June, 1775. He died in Natick, Oct.
17, 1807. Mr. Whiting built and occupied as his home that part
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of the Williams Tavern which fronted on Dedham street. Dan-
iel Whiting attained the highest rank of any resident of Dedham
in the Revolutionary War*. Heitman in his Historical Register
of officers in the Continental Army, thus gives his service.
Captain in Brewer, Mass., Reg. May to Dec. 1775, Captain 6th
Continental Infantry, 1766, Major 7th Mass. Jan. 1777, Lieut.
Col. 6th Mass. 29, Sept. 1778. Retired Jan. 1781. Daniel Whit-
ing commanded a company of soldiers at the Battle of Bunker
Hill, when on the evening of June i6th, 1776, it was decided to
occupy Charlestown neck and Bunker Hill. Capt. Whiting's Com-
pany was among those selected to throw up the entrenchment.
"The lines drawn, a thousand men set to work with spades to
raise the earthwork. These American soldiers, called hastily
from their farms, lacked organization and military discipline,
but they were intelligent, independent men, accustomed to turn
their hand to anything. They could shoot and they could also
dig." This description applied to every one of the Springfield
Parish farmers who engaged in the Revolutionary War. Mr.
Whiting's wife died a few months after he entered the army,
leaving him with four young children ; yet he continued in the
service for six years. During his absence his children were
scattered and before the war closed he sold his house and
lands in Dover and took up his residence in Natick. As illus-
trating the custom of the times, it is of interest to note that after
giving an honorable and distinguished service to his country,
when taking up his residence in Natick, in May, 1781, he was
warned out of tow^n by the authorities lest he should become
a public charge. Later, in 1787, he was elected a town "Warden."
His sufifering and distress as a soldier in the Continental Army
is recalled in his petition to the General Court, which is given
in full in the Narrative History of Dover.
Mr. Whiting's patriotism was not measured by his military
service alone, but in other acts as well. When in 1778 he sold
his farm, including the area added a few years ago to the Park
"See biographical sketch of Daniel Whiting in Dover Public Library.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 243
system in the centre of the town, he immediately loaned every
dollar to the state, which was in sore need of funds, although
no absolute assurance could be given that the money would ever
be repaid. The Revolution had no greater heroes than those
who did these things. During the Revolutionary War he was
not only "in many perils in the Indian country" at Cherry Val-
ley, but also in the battle near Elmira, N. Y., in 1779, which
is coming to be seen as one of the decisive battles of the Revolu-
tion. It was the plan of the British to separate New England
from the rest of the colonies, to blockade the coast and keep
the Tories and Indians active on the frontier and so crush out
the Continental Army. The Indians and Tories were active
in New York and Pennsylvania. The six nations of the
Iroquois dominated an extensive territory in New York and
could call ten thousand fighting men into the field. The
Indians cultivated enormous fields of corn and vegetables with
many fruit bearing orchards. These supplies soon found their
way to the British Army. The Indians practiced the greatest
cruelty and soldiers from New York and Pennsylvania often
found in the long houses of the Iroquois "the scalps of mothers,
fathers, children and neighbors whom they recognized by their
hair." In 1779 Gen. John Sullivan was appointed by Wash-
ington to break the power of the Indian allies of the British,
and he assigned to him a third of the Continental Army, with
which to do the work. "The Indian towns were to be utterly
destroyed, their fields and crops devastated and the whole
region made uninhabitable by them."
A fortification was built by the Indians at Newton, near El-
mira, where it was believed Sullivan's Army would pass. It
was strongly fortified but under the command of Gen Sullivan
it was captured and the Indians and Tories routed. In this
memorable battle Maj. Daniel Whiting commanded a part of
the garrison under Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor, which consisted of
the Massachusetts 6th Regiment. The American Army left a
desolate wilderness behind them, having destroyed forty Indian
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villages and two hundred thousand bushels of corn, many vege-
tables and fruit bearing orchards. The Iroquois turned from
their blackened villages and sought the vicinity of Niagara
where they lived in huts, and during the long winter which
followed died by the hundreds of pestilence. Capt Reid built
a fort near Elmira and here on the 29th of September, 1779,
the different attachments met. Salutes with cannons and
musketry were fired and barbecues were held with much re-
joicing. On the 3rd of October the Army was discharged and
the soldiers marched home. A special Thanksgiving was held
in commemoration of this great victory, which was especially
pleasing- to Congress and to Gen. Washington. After all this
danger, privation, sacrifice, and suffering, when returning from
the Army, Daniel Whiting was obliged to borrow money of a
resident of West Point to defray his expenses home, and which
he was unable to return for a long time, owing to the failure
of the State to pay him back the money he had loaned in her
distress. We cannot emphasize too much the courage and valor
of the fathers who as scattered colonists, successfully fought
"Words pass as wind, but where great deeds were done
A power abides transferred from sire to son."
Daniel Whiting illustrated, with many others fi'om this par-
ish, the fact that the colonists were willing to defend the princi-
ples of self-government with their lives. He was for thirteen
months at the Siege of Boston and formed with others from
this place, a part of that independent and ill armed army of
sixteen thousand soldiers w^ho gathered about Boston and laid
siege to the town. They made up in zeal what they lacked in
organization and equipment. Washington at first had great
difficulty with his soldiers, he found them "independent in their
ways, as unaccustomed to discipline as they were averse to it,
electing and deposing their officers, disposed to insubordination
and only too ready to go ofif in order to attend to their domestic
affairs and return in leisurely fashion when their business was
DOVER GENEALOGIES 245
done." We presume this criticism applied as well to the men
of the Springfield Parish as any other, yet at the close of the
war, with an army made up largely of New England men, Wash-
ington said of these men, "that there were no better troops in
Daniel Whiting was a gentleman of the old school and was
loved and respected by all who knew him. He was command-
ing in manner, six feet in height, and was called the handsom-
est man in the county. He was very erect and was of a light
complexion. Children :
Mehitable, b. Apr. ii. 1762, m. Mar. 27, 1787, Artemas Woodward,
Paul, b. 1764, m. Mar. 18, 1790, Rebecca Baxter, Princeton.
Fanny, b. Jan. 30, 1766, m. Nov. 9, 1786, Jeremiah Baker, West Ded-
Roger, b. 1768, m. Fanny Broad, d. July 20, 1808.
Anna. b. Aug. 6, 1770, m. June 20, 1792, Ebenezer Newell, d. Brad-
ford, May 28, 1837.
5. Ithamar^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. April 12,
1741, m. Mar. 28, 1765, Mary, dau. Ralph and Mary (ElHs)
Day, b. May 20, 1744. He inherited with his brother Aaron the
homestead on Springdale avenue. In 1774 he sold his farm of
seventy-three acres to Ebenezer Newell and Aaron Whiting.
All trace of this farm is lost after this transfer, but it is be-
lieved to have included the area opposite the town hall, bounded
by Springdale avenue and Walpole street. The same year he
also sold his interest in his father's farm to his brother xA.aron.
Mr. Whiting had a severe illness from which he never fully
recovered. By his father's will he was to receive "my youngest
yoke of oxen to enable him to pay what he has been at charge
in Doctor's in his late weakness." He was a Free Mason and
when feeble in mind an effort was made to induce him to
divulge its secrets, but to no purpose. Children:
Patty, b. Mar. 10, 1766.
Esek, b. Feb. 10, 1769.
Luther, b. Apr. 3, 1771.
Ralph, b. Feb. 23, 1773.
Molly, b. Sept. 11, 1779.
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6. Aaron^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. Dec, 3,
1745, m. May 11, 1776, Mehitable Smith of Natick, d. April 28,
1820. He d. Feb. 2, 1837. Mr. Whiting was an enterprising
farmer and business man. He Hved on the \\'hiting homestead
on Springdale avenue. He rendered a creditable service in the
Revolution. He was plowing in the held when the summons
came, on the morning of April 19, 1775. Mr. Whiting responded
so hastily that he left his ox team in the held to be cared for by
others. He was a prominent man in affairs for many years,
holding offices of trust and responsibility. Children :
Aaron, b. Aug. 31, 1776.
(9) Jonathan, b. May 28, 1778.
Ruggles, b. Dec. 29, 1779, m. Sarah Bullen; was a merchant in
Walter, b. Dec. 19, 1781.
Mehitable, b. Dec. 12, 1784, m. Jonathan Upham.
Daniel, b. Dec. 2^^. 1786, graduated from Harvard 1812, a lawyer
in New York City, d. unmarried 1833.
Olive, b. Oct. 14, 1789, m. Luther Eastman.
Ithamar, b. Apr. 13, 1791. was living in Tepic. Me.xico, 1848, a
manufacturer of shoes.
Charles, b. Apr. 25, 1793.
(10) Rufus, b. Aug. 16, 1795.
Calvin, b. May 15, 1799, d. Oct 21, 1799.
7. W'illianr' (William^, Jonathan•^ Jonathan-, Nathaniel), b.
April IT, 1762, m. Dec. 20, 1786, Mehitable, dau. Joseph and
Dorothy Colburn of Dedham, b. Dec. 7, 1762. Children:
Lucy, b. Sept. 11, 1784.
Artemus, b. Apr. 4. 1789.
The frugality practiced in these families should be noted. Nothing was allowed
to go to waste. All newspapers, cotton and woolen rags, feathers, old iron,
copper, brass, pewter and even broken glass was saved and sold to the tin
pedler in exchange for his bright wares. Berries, apples, and pumpkins were
dried and sold at the West Indian goods store or to pedlers. When the father's
long leg boots could no longer be worn the tops were made into shoes for
the children; when the father's trousers were worn out at the knee they were cut
off and by interchange of the legs the worn part was brought under the knee and
made to do further service. Coats and dresses were cut down for the children and
all out grown garments were given to others, if there was no one in the family
to wear them.
8. l-:noch^ (William^, Jonathan^. Jonathan-, Xathaniel^). b.
July 18, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 1803, Cata, dau. Ebenezer and Cata
DOVER GENEALOGIES 247
Smith, b. Dec. 27, 1781. Mr. Whiting lived on his father's
estate, which he sold and moved to Amherst. Child :
William, b. Dec. s, 1804.
9. Jonathan-'^ (Aaron^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b
May 28, 1778, m. 1813, Lucy, dau. Daniel and Lucy (Eames)
Jones of Framingham, b. Feb. 15, 1787, d, Feb. 3, 1879. He d.
Feb. 16, 1832. Mr. Whiting was a farmer. He bought in 1802
the Asa Mason place on Pine street which in recent years was
owned by the late Jonathan Whiting. The farm was occupied
for many years by his son Josiah who was a good farmer and
a successful business man. He soon added to farming a gen-
eral wood business, and the manufacture of hoops and the
burning of charcoal. Mr. Whiting had a deep interest in the
town and the institutions of his fathers. He bequeathed
$10,000 to the First Parish Church in memory of his mother.
(11) Walter J., b. Oct. 14, 1814, d. Feb., 1895.
Josiah, b. June 14. 1817, d. Aug. i, 1904.
Lucy, b. Jan. 24, 1819, m. Francis Day, Upton.
Mehitable, b. Jan. 11, 1821, m. William Woods.
Daniel J., b. Sept. 6, 1823, res. Stoughton.
(12) Jonathan, b. Aug. 18. 1830.
Charles, b. Apr. 12, 1825, d. Nov. 29, 1894, res. Natick.
(13) William, b. Jan. 23. 1828.
10. Rufus^ (Aaron'*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-, Nathaniel^), b.
Aug. 16, 1795, m. Aug. 9, 1 82 1, Melinda Stanley of Sedgwick,
Maine, b. May 11, 1797, d. July 22, 1868. He d. May 2, 1865.
Mr. Whiting was a farmer and had a part of the original Whit-
ing homestead on Springdale avenue, where he built his house
(Meacham farm) in 1838. Two of his sons, Ruggles and Smith,
went to California in 1849 ^^^ continued to live on the Pacific
coast. His son Ithamar carried on the home farm for some
years but sold it after his mother's death. Later he was an
officer in the Lyman School at M'estboro. He was in business
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for a time in Holyoke, but subsequently returned to Dover.
Eleanor Elizabeth, b. May 28, 1822, m. Jan. i, 1850, James Nickelson,
Aaron Smith, b. Mar. i, 1825, m. Dec. i, 1859, Janette Morrison,.
res. Stockton, Call.
Ruggles Lucius, b. Nov. 4, 1829, m. Feb. 10, 1866, Transito MacFar-
land, San Francisco.
John Stanley, b. Dec. 4, 1831, m. July 13, 1869, Annie M. Gates, res.
Malinda Frances, b. Aug. 13, 1834. m. May 4, 1856, Edward B. Bige-
Caroline Augusta, b. Jan. i, 1837, m- May i. 1867, James Nickelson.
Ithama, b. Aug. 24, 1839, m. Nov. 13, 1879, Mary Stacy.
11. Walter^ J. (Jonathan^, Aaron-*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-,
NathanieP), b. Oct. 14, 1814, m. Mary A., dau. George and Polly
(Lawrence) Newell of Medfield, b. 1837, d. Aug. i, 1865. He
died in Feb. 1895. Mr. Whiting lived on Hartford street. He
willed his little property to the town of Dover for the support of
the worthy poor. Although the amount realized was small, the
act was none the less worthy. Child :
12. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Aaron^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Na-
thaniel^), b. Aug. 18, 1830, m. July, 1856, Ann M. Collins of
Needham, b. May 20, 1837, d. Dec, 10, 1873, ^- 2ndly Jan. 30,
1879, Mrs. Bertha (Hamel) BHss, b. Pictou, N. S., Mar. 25, 1845.
He died March 30, 1902. Mr. Whiting was a farmer and lived
on the ancestral farm on Pine street. He succeeded Josiah
Newell as the proprietor of the grocery store at Charles River,
but retired from business after a few years. Child :
Ida M., b. 1855, m. .\pr. 10, 1879, Eugene Bonney, res. Walpole.
13. William*' (Jonathan^, Aaron^, Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Na-
ihanieU), b. Jan, 23, 1828, m. Oct. 14, 1854, Hannah S., dau.
Griffin and Mary Elizabeth (Green) Purdy, b. ]\Iar. 28, 1830,
in Malagash. Nova Scotia, d. June 30, 1908. He d. Feb. 12,
DOVER GENEALOGIES 249
1907. Mr. Whiting was a farmer and lived on the original
John Draper place on Springdale avenue. Children :
Anna A., b. Dec. lO. 1853, m. Feb. 13, 1870, Thomas W. Proe. m.
2ndly, Nov. 24, 1887, William D. Rowell. Child: William T. Proe,
b. May 29, 1872, res. Millis.
Everett W., b. Sept. 13, 1856, d. Apr. 7, 1882.
Wesley W., b. Aug. 19, 1861, m. Aug. 20, 1887, Flora A. Wiswell. He
d. Apr. 2.y, 1908. Child:
Harold W., b. Dec. 31, 1893, in Millis.
I. David^ Wight (Daniel^, Henry-, Thomas^), b. Dec. 19,
1686, m. Jan. 17, 1716-17, Sarah, dau. Ralph and Sarah (Fuller)
Day, b. Apr. i, 1689. He d. Jan. 28, 1742-3. Mr. Wight prob-
ably settled here at the time of his marriage. His house stood
on Dedham street, nearly opposite the residence of the late Ed-
ward S. Dandrow. The stones of the old cellar were uncovered
a few years since in removing gravel from the town pit. He was
a man of unusual means, as the inventory of his property at
death aggregated £2579 7s. 2d. The Wight family is descended
from Thomas Wight, who first appeared in Watertown, in the
winter of 1635-6. In 1637 he is located in Dedham with his
wife and four children. Nothing is known of him previous to
his coming to New England. His name appears fourth on the
list of those who in 1644 promised to contribute for the support
of a free school in Dedham. This school was the first free
school to be supported by general taxation ever organized. He
and his sons were also contributors towards building Cambridge
College, now Harvard University. When the Indian Village
was established at South Natick, he was deputed by the town
to help in its organization. He afterwards married a sister of
the Apostle Eliot. Thomas Wight was a leader in the organiza-
tion of the town of Medfield in 1650 and was one of the orig-
inal settlers. He continued to live in Medfield and occupied
many positions of trust. Children :
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(2) David, b. Mar. 28, 1718.
Anna, b. July 27, 1720, m. May 8, 1744. Jonathan Parker. Need-
John, b. May 11, 1723, d. Oct. 4, 1734.
Sarah, b. Mar. 27, 1730, m. June 20, 1751, William Gay, Dedham.
2. David*"* (David"*, Daniel"^, Henry"-, Thomas^), b. Mar. 27,,
1718, m. Oct. 27, 1745, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah Scott of
Wrentham. b. Oct. 11, 1726. She m. 2ndly May 4, 1763, John
Griggs, who Hved on the Caryl homestead. He died April 1,
1752. Mr. Wight lived on the homestead and commenced to
build a mill on Noanet's brook, just south of the site of the
''New Mill." He died, however, before completing it. The lo-
cation of a mill somewhat back from the road was not unusual
as farmers sent their boys to mill with the grist thrown across
the horse's back, so a bridle path was all that was necessary. A
mill at this time must have been needed for the grinding of rye,
corn and buckwheat. After Mr. Wight's death the mill was
completed by Thomas Richards, who bought the mill site of one
acre "with the brook running through the middle of it." Chil-
David, b. July 13, 1746.
(3) John, b. Nov. 17, 1748.
Esther, b. Sept. 21, 1750, m. Oct. 11, 1769, Thomas Caryl, who
settled in Chester, Vt. Their oldest child. Irene Caryl, lived
to be nearly 103 years old, she d. May 7, 1873. Having occa-
sion to consult the Dover vital records for the year 1878 it
was found that nineteen deaths occurred, making a total of
1,164 years, or an average of more than 61 years for each
person who died during the year, which seems to he a re-
3. John'' (David'"', David^, Daniel-'^ Henry-, Thomas^), b.
Nov. 17, 1748, m. Oct. 9, 1 77 1, Mabel, dau Thomas and Mary
Merrifield, ni. 2ndly Feb. 16, 1795, Mrs. Alolly Clark of Med-
way. Mr. Wight lived on various farms in town. He first
built on the south side of Farm street on land which is now in-
cluded in the estate of Harry L. Rice. He sold this place in
1783 and it was long since abandoned as a farm. He then moved
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to the original Wight homestead on Dedham street, which he
sold in 1784 to Jabez Baker and moved from town. Children:
Sally, b. Mar. 6, 1772.
David, b. Mar. 17, 1773. res. Medway, d. in Sherborn.
John, b. Jan. 26, 1776, res. Greenwich.
Molly, b. Jan. 6, 1778.
Jemima, b. .
4. Beth'* (.Seth-^, Ephraini-, Thomas^), b. in Medfield, Jan.
20, 1753, m. Oct. 30, 1772, Alary, dau. John and Mary (Plimp-
ton) Wight, b. Nov. 12, 1752, d. Feb. 22, 1834. He died July
14, 1799. Mr. Wight's father purchased the Jonathan Mason
farm on Wight street in 1747. He bought the adjoining farm of
Ebenezer Newell in 1772 and took up his residence here. In
time the two farms became one. Seth Wight originated in 1791
a breed of sheep which were called the "Otter sheep." These
sheep had long backs and short, crooked legs. As they could not
jump fences, they were for many years a favorite breed in
Dover. The breed was so peculiar that Col. Daniel Humphrey
of Connecticut wrote in 181 1 a description of them, which he
sent to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Agricultural
Society of England. Children:
(5) Aaron, b. in Medfield, Mar. 3. 1773.
(6) Caleb, b. Aug. 22, 1775.
(7) Oliver, b. Aug. i, 1777.
Mary, b. June 19, 1780, d. Dec. 11, 1873.
Nabby, b. Dec. 22, 1783, m. Apr. 18, 1805, Simon Cheney.
Clarissa, b. Nov. 3, 1785, m. Nov. 28. 1805, James Mann.
(8) Asa, b. Feb. 25, 1788.
Cynthia, b. June 7, 1790, m. Mar. 4, 1813, Walter Stovve.
(9) Arnold, b. May 19, 1793.
Charlotte, b. July 16, 1795. m. May 7, 1835. Joseph Larabee.
5. Aaron^ (Seth^, Seth"^, Ephrainr^, Ephraim^, Thomas^), b.
Mar. 3, 1773, m. June i, 1800, Abigail, dau. Jonathan and Mercy
(Day) Smith of Medfield, b. Sept. 25, 1774, d. July 13, 1819.
Mr. Wight lived on the homestead and in 1810 moved to Med-
way and subsequently to Bellingham. He died July 29, 185 1.
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Seth, b. Apr. 17, 1801, m. Apr. 10, 1823, Mary A. Richards, res. Bel-
Charles, b. Dec. 26, 1802, d. Jan. 11, 1879, res. Milford.
Ira, b. Dec. 6, 1804, d. Dec. 24, 1879, res. Milford.
Aaron, b. June 23, 1807, d. Feb. 9, 1877, res. West Medway.
Alvin, b. Mar. 11, 1810, m. Apr. 9, 1837, Almira Adams, Medway.
Abigail, b. June 13, 1817, m. Mar. 30, 1843, George W. Googins, Bel-
6. Caleb^ (Seth-\ Seth*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b.
Aug. 22, 1775, m. in 1800 Levina, dau. Jesse and EHzabeth
Morse of Sherborn, b. May 14, 1779, d. Aug. 5, 1850. He died
Oct. 5, 1863. Mr. Wight had a part of his father's farm and
built the farmhouse on the Davis estate. Children:
Orin, b. July 15, 1800, d. June 16, 1817.
Mary, b. Apr. 23, 1802, d. Oct. 3. 1803.
Mary, b. June 17, 1804, m. Dec. 26, 1847. Joseph Larrabee.
Betsey, b. Sept. 8. 1807, m. June 2, 1830, Ellis Mann.
7. Oliver^ (Setlr'', Seth-*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b.
Aug. I, 1777, m. Oct. 14, 1800, Mary, dau. Jonathan and Eliza-
beth (Daniels) Russell of Sherborn, b. Apr. 13, 1776. Children:
Eliza b. Feb. 11, 1801.
(10) Joseph, b. Mar. 16, 1803.
Horace, b. Dec. 14, 1805, res. Medfield.
8. Asa'' (Seth-"^, Seth-^, Ephraim-^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b.
Feb. 25, 1788, m. Oct. 6, 1814, Sybel, dau. James and Milla Hol-
brook of Sherborn. He died Dec. 13, 1869. ^Ir. Wight occu-
pied that part of his father's farm which was originally a part
of Ebenezer Newell's farm. There was a cider mill on this
farm for many years. The longevity, on the one hand, of many
persons named in these sketches will be noted and on the other
hand the short life of many children. Whole families of chil
dren, a hundred years ago, were sometimes swept away at a
time. The death rate has been lowered in recent years only in
the decrease of infant mortality. Prof. Fisher of Yale says:
"People have learned how to prevent the waste of infant life,
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but they have not learned how to take care of themselves.
Among the grown people the death rate has increased because
of the wearing out of vital organs of the body. In this respect
the death rate is much larger than it w^as a century ago. Chil-
(11) James Holbrook, b. July 21, 1816.
Harrison, b. Apr. 5, 1818, d. Sept. lo, 1825.
Henry, b. Nov. 24, 1819. d. Sept. 15, 1825.
Frederick, b. July 13, iSai, d. Sept. 28, 1825.
Sybil Augusta, b. June 13, 1823, d. Oct. 2, 1825.
(12) Frederick Harrison, b. Dec. 4, 1827.
9. Arnold^ (Seth^, Beth'*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b.
May 19, 1793, m. June 13, 1827, Mrs. Dolly (Ross) Graves,
dau. Stephen and Achsah (Pollard) Bemis, b. Westminster
Mar. 6, 1801, d. Aug. 22, 1883. He died Sept. 8, 1879. Mr.
Wight was a farmer and lived on the Fuller place on Straw-
berry hill. Mr. Wight was associated with Capt. George Fisher
in building a section of the Erie Canal at Rochester, New
York. At that time the larger streams had to be forded as
bridges had not been built. As Mr. Wight returned home in
the winter he crossed the Hudson river on the ice which he
found a great convenience. The farm is still in the family, be-
ing owned b}^ his grandson, John A. Sullivan. Children :
Arnold Lowell, b. Apr. 24, 182S, d. young.
Charlotte, b. Dec. 23, 1829, m. Cornelius Sullivan, d. Mar. 17, 1915.
jNIary Harriet, b. Dec. 3, 1837, d. June 23, 18S8, in Pasadena, Cal.
10. Joseplv (Oliver^, Seth^, Seth^ Ephraim^, Ephraim-,
Thomas^), b. Mar. 16, 1803, m. July 4, 1833, Lucinda Snow, of
Dover, m. 2ndly May 15, 1856, Lorinda Davis of Dover. Chil-
Eliza Ann, b. July 13, 1835.
Joseph Alexander, b. May i, 1840.
11. James'^ Holbrook (Asa^ Setlr\ Seth^ Ephrainr, Eph-
raim^, Thomas^), b. July 21, 1816, m. Nov. 19, 1846, Caroline
Stone, dau. James and Lois Whitney of Sherborn, b. Nov. 27,
254 DOVER GENEALOGIES
1820. Mr. Wight was a carpenter, he commenced business in
Dover and lived on I\Iain street in the house now occupied by
Miss Grace, which he built. He later lived in Natick and New-
ton, where he did a large business. Of his children one was
born in Dover:
Ella Augusta, b. Feb. 9, 1849, res. Maiden.
12. Frederick"^ Harrison (Asa^', Seth^, Seth*, Ephraim^, Eph-
raim-, Thomas^), b. Dec. 4, 1827, m. June 3, 185 1, Susan E.,
dau. Herman and Ruth (Whiting) Ware of Wrentham, b.
Sept. 18, 1829, d. Dec. 8, 1912. He d. Sept. 28, 1908. Mr.
Wight lived for many years on the homestead, but sold it after
his father's death and moved to the centre of the town. He
had a shoe shop on the farm, also established a market busi-
ness which he continued for nearly fifty years. Children :
Ellen Augusta, b. Jan. 14, 1858, m. May 31, 1875, Lewis W. Chandler,
Adelaide Evera, b. June 28, 1863, m. Dec. 10. 1887, Geo. H. Thomp-
Frederick Leslie, b. May 5, 1869, res. Washington, D. C.
13. Amos^ (Jonathan-^, Jonathan"*, Jonathan^, Samuel-,
Thomas^), b. Nov. 15, 1760, m. Jan. 14, 1790, Hannah, dau.
John and Elizabeth (Perry) Morse, d. Mar. 7, 1793, m. 2ndly
June 27, 181 1, Levinia, dau. Daniel and Thankful (]\Iorse)
Perry of Mcdfield, b. Apr. 20, 1764, d. Dec. 18, 1842. He d.
Apr. 24, 1845. ^^r. Wight settled in Dover at the time of his
marriage in 1790. He cleared the farm now owned by George
Battelle, a lineal descendant, on Farm street. After his second
marriage Mr. Wight lived for some years in Medfield. Chil-
Hannah*, b. Sept. 26, 1790. m. Apr. 19. 1810. Jonathan Battelle, Jr.
Abigail*, b. Dec. 21, 1792, m. May 30, 1813, John Shumway.
'Born in Dover.
DOVER GENEALOGIES 255
Shubael^ E. (Oliver', William*, Jonathan^, Samuel-,
Thomas^), b. 1785, m. May 18, 1809, Clarissa Williams of
Dover. Moved to Medfield. Children :
Sarah Williams, b. Feb. 20. 1810.
Pamelia Clark, b. June 17, 181 1.
Addison, b. 1813.
Ebenezer- Wilkinson (Joseph^), b. Feb. 14, 1762, m. April
10, 1805, Nancy, probably dau. Elias and Beriah (Ware) Bacon.
Mr. Wilkinson was a blacksmith and had a shop on the area now
included in Springdale park. Children :
Edwin, b. May 2, 1802.
WiUard, b. Aug. 12, 1808.
William, b. May 25, 1812.
John'* Williams (John-". John-, John^), son of John and Mary
(Everett) Williams, was b. in Groton Apr. i, 1774, m. Oct. 20.
1800, Sally B., dau. Timothy and Prudence (Battelle) Stowe, b.
Nov. 15, 1781, d. Feb. 2, 1862. He d. Feb. 6, 1840. Mr. Wil-
liams settled in Dover in 1799. He was a son of Capt. John
Williams of Groton, an officer in the Revolution, and an orig-
inal member of the "Society of the Cincinnati." Mr. Williams
purchased the tavern property at the centre of the town and kept
in connection a store and livery stable. In the stage-coach days
a change in horses was made at the Williams Tavern. During
the first half of the last century the Wilde Hotel at 1 1 Elm
street, Boston, was a widely known tavern and stage house.
From, this num.ber on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday a stage
left at 3.30 P. M., for Newton Upper Falls, Dover and Medway.
The fare to Dover was 75 cents. Mr. Williams was the first
member raised (1802) to the degree of Master Mason, in Con-
stellation Lodge, Dedham, of which he was later a senior war-
256 DOVER GENEALOGIES
den. He was a Deputy Sheriff in Norfolk County and the first
Postmaster in Dover. In this connection the following facts re-
lating to postage may be of interest: In all the years of the col-
ony and for a long time after the establishment of the govern-
ment, the rate of postage was so high that letters were sent as
often as might be by individuals who chanced to be traveling to
the vicinity. The same letter often had messages addressed to
two or three individuals in as many neighboring towns, which
in turn was forwarded to the several persons. Postage was not
prepaid and the rate depended upon the number of sheets and
the distance the letter was carried. The basis of the rate was
fixed on the single sheet. No envelopes were used but the sheet
was neatly folded and sealed. When Mr. Williams became post-
master in 1829 the rates had been but little changed since the
adoption of the constitution. The rates adopted in 1825 were
in force and were as follows : For every letter of a single sheet
of paper conveyed not exceeding 30 miles, 6 cents ; over 30 and
not exceeding 80 miles, 10 cents ; over 80 miles and not exceed-
ing 150 miles, 12 1-2 cents; over 150 miles and not exceeding 400
miles, 18 3-4 cents ; over 400 miles, 25 cents. Every double let-
ter or two pieces of paper was double these rates ; every triple
letter or three pieces of paper, triple these rates; every package
of four or more pieces of paper, or one or more other articles
and weighing one ounce, avoirdupois, quadruple these rates, and
that proportion for all greater weights. After June 30, 1851,
the rates were as follows : Every single letter by mail not exceed-
ing 3000 miles prepaid postage 3 cents, not prepaid 5 cents, any
greater distance double these rates. March 3, i860, an act fixed
the rate of postage on domestic letters not exceeding one-half
ounce in weight at 3 cents, and three cents additional for each
additional half ounce or fraction thereof, to be prepaid by post-
age stamps affixed. This was the first law which established a
uniform rate of postage on letters regardless of distance, to
which matter was to be transmitted. Child :
Betsey Stowe, b. Oct. 25, 1801, m. Oct. 24, 1819, Isaac Howe.
Reproduction of the John Draper House built in 1724
fVilsondale Street, the first road used in Dover
DOVER GENEALOGIES 257
1. Henryi Wilson, m. Nov. 24, 1642, Mary Metcalf, He was
the progenitor of the Dover family, and the first settler on the
territory. He came from Kent, England, in 1639, and settled
the next year in Dedham. The early Dedham settlers, soon
after their settlement, selected the plain of Powisset for addi-
tional pastorage for their cattle. A little way west of the present
Westwood line, on the bridle path leading to Powisset, Henry
Wilson built his house in 1640 on land which for more than 250
years has been in the family. Mrs. Richard H. Bond^ who now
occupies the farm with her husband, is of the seventh genera-
tion of lineal descendants who have been bom and lived on the
ancestral acres.* Although the individual members have not
been as numerous as some families, yet there has always been
a goodly number who have held a prominent place in the town
and community. At this date we cannot appreciate the courage
and fortitude of one, who in the early time braved the wilder-
ness and settled by himself amid dangers "seen and unseen." He
soon brought his young wife to his little settlement and for many
years with his growing family braved the danger of wild beasts
and roaming Indians. The Wilson family was well represented
in the Revolutionary War, and for many years was prominent
in the First Parish Church, Ephraim 3d being a deacon. Previ-
ous to the organization of the Dover First Parish (1749) the
Wilson family worshipped in Dedham. Children :
Michael, b. Aug. 7, 1644, d. May 5, 1676.
Michael, b. , settled in Wrentham.
Sarah, b. June 24, 1650.
Mary. b. Nov. 7, 1652.
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 4, 1653, rn. Jan. 4, 1684, John Rice.
(2) Ephraim, b. June 2, 1656.
2. Ephraim^ (Henry^), b. June 2, 1656, m. May 10, 1681,
Rebecca Sumner, d. Oct. 16, 1714, m. 2ndly Mar. 9, 1714-15,
*In 191 s the Rev. Dr. George Alexander Strong acquired by purchase the larger
part of this farm. Mr. Bond retained some six acres, on which he has build a hou«e»
so that the above facts are still true.
258 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Rebecca Tucker of Milton. He d. Dec. 20, 1732-3. Mr. Wil-
son lived in the homestead on Strawberry hill street. Children :
(3) Ephraim, b. Feb. 27, 1683.
(4) Samuel, b. Apr. 5, 1686-7.
Rebecca, b. June 28, 1694-5, d. Jan. 26, 1713-4.
(5) Nathaniel, b. Jan. 18, 1698-9.
(6) John, b. May 30, 1702.
3. Ephraim^ (Ephraim^, Henr}'^), b. Feb. 27, 1683, m. Dec.
19, 1706, Joanna, dau. Nathaniel and Lydia Gay, d. Mar. 28,
1738, m. 2ndly Nov. 29, 1738, Mrs. Hannah Fisher. He d. July
19, 1769. Mr. Wilson was a deacon in the Dedham First Parish
Church and is buried in Dedham Cemetery. He was a black-
smith by trade and for a time lived on the homestead. ,
4. Samuel^ (Ephraim-, Henry^), b. April 5, 1686-7, m. Nov.
25, 1714, Elizabeth Howes. Moved to Needham. Children:
Rebecca, b. Aug. 20, 1716.
Samuel, b. Apr. 25, 1718, d.
(7) Samuel, b. in Needham, Apr. 3, 1726.
5. Nathaniel^ (Ephraim^, Henryi), b. Jan. 18, 1698-9, m.
Nov. 22, 1733, Lydia, dau. Nathaniel and Lydia Richards, b.
Oct. 10, 1706, d. Oct. 7, 1740, m. 2ndly, July 11, 1745, Mrs. Han-
nah Hoslop. He lived on the homestead. Children:
Rachel, b. Aug. 29, 1734, d. Oct. 3, 1734.
Rebecca, b. Jan. 29, 1735-6, m. Jan. 8, 1756, Thomas Smith.
(8) Ephraim, b. Jan. 18, 1737-8.
6. John^ (Ephraim^, Henry^), b. May 30, 1702, m. Dec. 25,
1729, Joanna, dau. David and Experience (Sabin) Morse of
Medfield, d. Feb. 21, 1730, m. 2ndly, Jan. 10, 1733-4, Anna, dau.
John and Mary (Onion) Fisher, d. Apr. 21, 1737, m. 3rdly,
1767. Mrs. Esther Rockwood of Medway, d. Sept. 19, 1779. Ec-
centric individuals were common at a time when there was less
communication with the outside world than now. Hannah
DOVER GENEALOGIES 259
Adams, who was the first American woman to enter the field of
Hterature, was a very absent-minded person. Once in walking
from Medfield to Dover, she lost her shoe on the way. Meet-
ing a man coming in the opposite direction she hailed him and
wanted to know if he had seen anything of her shoe, the ab-
surdity of the question never appearing to this eccentric but re-
markable woman. Children :
Mary, b. Oct. 25, 1730.
John, b. Feb. 13, 1734-5. d- July 17, 1736.
Esther, b. Apr. 11, 1742.
Anna, b. Apr. 26, 1744, m. Apr. 28, 1789, Joseph Swan.
Sarah, b. Dec. 10, 1745.
John, b. Mar. 8, 1749-50.
Sabin, b. Sept. 4, I753, d. Jan. 29, 1755.
7. Samuel-* (SamueF, Ephraim^, Henry^), b. April 3, 1726,
m, Dec. 29, 1768, Abigail, dau. Ebenezer and Thankful Richards,
b. Oct. 10, 1742, d. July 6, 1781. Children:
(9) Samuel, b. 1770, d. in Boston, 1819.
IMoses, b. Feb. 15, 1773.
Abigail, b. Sept. 12, 1774, m. Mar. 28, 1799, John Chickering, Jr.
Thankful, b. May 10, 1778.
Jesse, b. Mar. 4, 1780.
Hannah, b. Feb. 20, 1783.
Joseph, b. Mar. 27, 1785.
Asa, b. Sept. 24, 1788, m. 1810, Patty Blyn, Wrentham.
8. Ephraim^ (Nathaniel^ Ephraim-, Kenryi), b. Jan. iS,
1737-8, m. July 13, 1774, Sybel, dau. Eleazer and Phebe (Wight)
Allen, b. Dec. 4, 1749. He d. Apr. 26, 1822. White flour, a.^
made from wheat grown on Dover farms, was originally dark
in color, as it took on the commingled colors of the grain, as
only the husk and the germ of the wheat were removed in the
White fiour was first used for a novelty dinner in London
about 18 1 5. This was the first white bread ever eaten in the
history of the world ; as the wheat grain was dark, so bread had
been dark from the days of Abraham. Flour was first made
white by selecting the white starchy portion of the grain and
26o DOVER GENEALOGIES
discarding all others, but later it was bleached by chemical proc-
esses and robbed of most of its nutriment. As a recent writer
has said :
America leads the world in the consumption of white flour
nowadays, and it leads the world also in dental and nervous af-
flictions. Americans used to be a very robust^ hardy people
with wonderful capacity for endurance. They were of rosy
cheek and brawny build and faced all obstacles fearlessly and
resolutely. Then England set them eating that white bread and
their cheeks turned pale, their teeth grew soft and their nerves
became unsound. Children :
(10) Ephraim. b. Dec. 2, 1775.
(11) Nathaniel, b. Aug. 25, 1779.
9. SamueP (Samuel^, SamueP, Ephraim-, Henry^), b. 1770,
m. Lydia. He d. in Boston, 1819. He was a carpenter and
owned a little place on Strawberry hill, which he sold in 181 1.
It later became a part of the Nathaniel Wilson farm. Children :
Abigail Richards, b.
Lydia Ann, b.
10. Ephraim^ (Ephraim*, Nathaniel^, Ephraim-, Henry^), b.
Dec. 2, 1775, m. Nov. i, 1800, Sally, dau. Nathaniel and Lois
(Bullard) Richards of Dedham, b. Apr. 16, 1778, d. Oct. 29,
1821, m. 2ndly May 22, 1823, Lucy, dau. Nathaniel and Submit
(Bullard) Capen of Dedham, b. Apr. 18, 1795. Children:
Sybil A., b. Oct. 29, 1801, d. Nov. 4, 1824.
Eleazer, b. Aug. 29. 1803, d. Oct. 6, 1804.
Isaac, b. Dec. 2-], 1805, d. Feb. 19, 1816.
Lucy. b. Feb. 7, 1809, d. Jan. i, 1822.
Sarah Ann, b. May 30. 1817, d. Nov. 19, 1821.
(12) Ephraim, b. May 5, 1825.
Edwin, b. Sept. i, 1827, m. Margaret Gould, res. Lake City,
DOVER GENEALOGIES 261
11. Nathaniel'^ (Ephraim^, Nathaniel^, Ephraim-, Henry^),
b. Aug. 25, 1779. m. Jan. 2, 1815, Mary, dau. Joseph and Han-
nah (Parker) Stodder of Boston, b. May 16, 1794, d. July 13,
1844. He d. Jan. 27, 1862. Mr. Wilson occupied the farm owned
by the late Miss Mary Bullard. Children :
Nathaniel Charles, b. Nov. 15, 1815, d. Jan. 26. 1888.
Mary Stodder, b. Nov. 10, 1817, m. Lewis Smith, d. Nov. 14, 1842.
Eliza Ann, b. Feb. 25, 1820, m. Lewis Smith, d. Oct. 24, 1880.
Lucy Ann. b. Aug. 4, 1822, d. Dec. 31, 1882.
Abigail Stodder, b. Nov. 5, 1823. d. May 15, 1872.
Joseph Stodder, b. Jan. 29, 1827. res. Fitchburg. He engaged in
manufacturing and became a wealthy and influential citizen of that
city. Mr. Wilson was for several years a member of the Massa-
chusetts Legislature and served on important committees. Chil-
dren: Hannah M.. b. March 22, 1829, d. Dec. i, 1829. William H.,
b. Jan. 4, 1832, d. Feb. 10, 1890.
12. Ephraim*^ (Ephrainr', Ephraim"^, Nathaniel-^, Ephraim-,
Henryi), b. May 5, 1825, m. 185 1 Mary B., dau. Alexander and
Hannah (Draper) Soule, b. Feb. 10, 1831, d. Apr. 17, 1894.
He d. Jan. 11, 1898. Mr. Wilson held many prominent offices in
town, and united with his farm work the manufacture of vinegar
and followed at times the profession of the civil engineer. Dr.
Edward E. Hale somewhere gives the following picture of farm
life in 1835 :
Mrs. Primrose. — Nahum, dear, I hate to wake you up ; but
you must dress as quick as you can, take a firepan and go across
to Aunt Susan's and get some coals for the kitchen fire. All the
fires are out, and we must have some coals to get breakfast.
Nahum rises without swearing, goes and gets the coals
through a new snowfall of twelve inches. Returning, he builds
the fire, breaks the ice in the pail at the sink, and, with a com-
pound of ice and water at 32 degrees, washes his face and hands.
Then he reads the Farmer's Almanac till breakfast. Children :
Nancy D., b. Aug. 15, 1832, d. May 16, 1871.
Ephraim H., Oct. 30, 1854, m. Mar. 27, 1878, Martha M. Mills, res.
Herbert S., b. Jan. 18, 1857, m. 1880, Jessie A. Sawyer, res. Pepperell.
262 DOVER GENEALOGIES
Edwin F., b. Jan. 30, 1859, d. Dec. 17, 1876.
James A. b. Sept. i, 1861, d. Oct. 31, 1861.
Lillian M. E., b. Jan. 18, 1872, m. Feb. 28, 1894, Richard H. Bond.
13. SamueP (Seth'*, SamueP, Ephraim-, Henry^), b. Nov.
16, 1745, m. Oct. 9, 1 78 1, Hannah Ingraham of Dedham. Hq
lived in the vicinity of the "New Mill," but sold his farm there
to John Jepson in 1791 and moved from town.
William Woods, m. Dec, 2, 1838, Mehitable, dau. of Jonathan
and Lucy (Jones) Whiting, b. Jan. 11, 1821, d. Dec. 23, 1889.
We would record in connection with this family, which repre-
sents through Mrs. Woods one of the first settlers of the town,
the great economy that was practiced by the housewives of the
community in preventing food waste. The remnants of food
left over from meals were carefully saved and often appeared
again on the table in a new form as an appetizing and nutritious
dish. Today it requires no statistics to prove that we throw
away a tenth part of our food at least, which is a large item in
the high cost of living which (1916) has reached high water.
A native poet and philosopher of India in visiting this country
said: Of all the lands I have visited, the United States is the
only one where the inside of a slice of bread is eaten and the
crust thrown away. Domestic science has no better mission
than to teach the housewife how to conserve her resources to
the fullest limit as of old. "A penny saved is a penny earned,"
is a maxim that was not only repeated but practiced in all
Dover homes a century ago. Child :
Albert A., b. 1841, d. Mar. 21, 1863, New Orleans. La. A soldier
in the Army.
NOTE — Jabez Wood, a petitioner for the organization of the Parish in 1748,
married Hannah (Pratt), widow of Caleb Ellis. He d. May 3, 1752, leaving, it is
believed, no issue.
Adams, Elizabeth 46, Frederick 4.
Hannali 60, 258. James 3. John 3,
4. Lois 98. Marion A. 3. 211.
Alden, Mary T. 161.
Allen, Aaron 23. Amos 14. Abigail
34, 119, 179. Calla 218. David E.
15. Eleazer 4, 5, 6, 34. Elizabeth
E. 194. Fisher 6. Hannah 38.
Hannah E. 13. Hezekiah 6, 7, 12.
Hezekiah P. 7. Hitty ISO. Jared
13. Jennie G. 221. Keziah 53. Mar-
tha 146. Martha B. 32. Morrill 8,
10. Patty 43. Perez 11. Rachel
162. Rebecca 223. Samuel 15. Sy-
bil 259. Thaddeus 10. Timothy 10,
13, 14. William P. 11.
Ambler, Colburn 16. Harvey 16.
Mary R. 17.
Andre, Major 122.
Andrews, Rebecca 167.
Archer, E. St. Clare 159.
Ay res, Calvin 19. Emma M. 178.
Fisher 18. Jesse 18.
Babcock, Caroline M. 102.
Bacon, Aaron 23, 24. Albert H. 25.
Edwin F. 25. Ephraim 21. Francis
24. Frank E. 24. Jeremiah 21.
John 19, 20. Josiah 21, 22. Lydia
98. Martin 23. Mary S. 214. Mich-
SiQ^l 20. Moses 22. Richard 20.
Silas 23, 24. Walter T. 2o. William
Bailey, Adaline 130. Miriam 139. Tim-
Baker, Hannah 85, 99. Jabez 26, 27.
Marcia J. 43.
Baldwin, Joseph E. 27. Francis E.
Barber, Elizabeth 35.
Barden, Calvin 29. Frederick 28, 29.
Barrows, Luella 166.
Bartlett, Albert 31. Andrew W. 31.
Anna A. 44. Clement 30. Mrs. Mar-
Batchelder, Eugene 31. John P. 32.
Battelle, Abigail 226. Ann F. 92.
Ann J. 26. Allen E. 43. Caroline
N. 93. Ebenezer 34, 36, 38, 39.
Emma E. 86. George 44. Hannah
&4, 89. Hezekiah 40. Hezekiah, Jr.,
40. John 33, 34, 36, 39, 44. Jona-
than 34 35, 37, 40, 42. Josiah 39,
41. Julia 134. Leonard 40. Lucy
127. Mary 4. Martha 87. Mehitable
192, 198. Nathaniel 35, 38. Polly
206, 198. Ralph 42. Roger S. 42.
Rufus 41. Sarah 180. Sarah J.
liU. Sherman 41. Tabitha 150.
Thomas 32. Ward W. 45. William
Bean, Cora A. 215. Charles S. 45.
Bigelow, Abraham 47. Amey M. 27.
Calvin 46. Charles M. 40. Edward
B. 48. Sukey 41.
Bird, Hannah 203.
Bislioff, Benedicta C. E. 188.
Bishop, Mary D. 44.
Blackman, Caroline 170. Warren 48.
Blake, Ebenezer 49. Edward 49.
Bliss, Alpheug 51. Mrs. Bertha 248.
George E. 51. Linus 49. Martha L.
Bodue, Mary L. 166.
Bond, Richard H. 51.
Boundford, Mrs. Mary 166.
Bowers, Hannah S. 49. James 52.
Brackett, Sophia 23.
Ereagy, Mary 173.
Brett, Uriah 53,
Brigham, Mary A. 24.
Brooks, Mary A. 48. Mary S. 24.
Brown, Betsey 42. John 53. John
M. 55. Lucy R. 148. Mason 55.
Brownell, Eliza A. 126.
Bullard, Anna 240. Drusilla 198.
Elizabeth 178. John 55. Jonathan
56. Nathaniel 56.
BuUen, Amaziah 57. Bela 57. Han-
nah 113. Mary B. 6L
Burbank, Orpha 80. Sarepta 164.
Burgess, Linda S. 45.
Burrage, Abigail 27. Ann 27, 222.
Caroline 29. George D. 60. John
58, 60. Lydia &i. Obed 59. Sylvia
153. Thomas 58.
Butler, Mary E. 87.
Cady, Rebecca 19.
Capen, Lucy 260. Roxa 81.
Campbell, Rufus 60.
Carpenter, Stukely 61.
Caryi, Ann 176. Rev. Benjamin 61.
Dr. George 63.
Champney, Elizabeth G. 110.
Chalmers, Catherine 144.
Channing, Walter, Jr., 64.
Cheney, Abigail 97. Anna N. 177.
Benjamin P. 71. Calvin 71. James
6."i. John 64, 65, 66. Lydia 98. Rev.
Martin 02, 60. Samuel 70. Sarah
21. Simon 71. Sybil 196.
Chiekering, Charles H. 83. Daniel 77,
80. David 79. Dorcas A. 236.
Edella D. 186. George 81. George
E. 74. James 82. James H. 83.
Jesse 78, 82. John 76, 77, 79. Jo-
seph 76. Leonard 81. Lydia 162.
Nathaniel 73, 74, 78. Oliver 76. Re-
Child, Hannah 124.
Clapp, Elizabeth S. 71.
Clarke, Caroline 80. George K. 16.
Jacob 83. Mrs. Molly 250. Sybil
Cleveland, David 84. George 84. Pa-
melia 185. Willaim 85.
Cobb, William 4.
Colburn, Danforth 85. Elizabeth P.
156. Irving 86. Martin 86. Mary
199. Mehitable 246. Polly 101.
Conant, Elizabeth P. 205.
Cook, Eleanor 107. Lavina D. 16.
Cooley, Julia A. 185.
Coombs, John C. 86.
Corliss, Mary P. 165.
Corthell, Margaret J. 112.
Crosby, Edward 87. Mary 107.
Crossman, Polly 28.
Cutter, Pamelia 123.
Dana, Nancy P. 60.
Day, Abigail 20. John 89. Jonathan
89. Mary 245. Mercy 40. Ralph
87, 88, 90. Sally 16. Sarah. 249.
Davenport, Priscllla 182.
Davidson, Alfred M. 87. George R.
Dean, Elizabeth 121. Joseph 92. Luke
91. Namur 99.
De Merritt, Joanna D. 149. Miriam
Derby, Abner L. 93. Martin 92.
Deshon, Caroline 31.
Dewing, Andrew 19, 33. Lydia 19.
Lydia F'. 135.
Dodge, Alice L 45.
Draper, Aaron 99. Abigail 34. Charles
101. Daniel 99. Eliza 110. Han-
nah 22.S. Ida B. 132. James 94, 98.
Jesse 100. John 94, 95, 97. Joseph
97, 98, 100, 101. Josiah 99. Kazia
164. Lois 100. Mary 6. Merlam
158. Michael 90. Molly 23. Moses
101. Mrs. Nancy 30. Polly 132. Pru-
dence 36. Thomas 98.
Dunn. Caroline M. 230. Helen M. 153.
Eames, Anna 180. Rebecca 10.
Eastman, Luther 103.
Edwards, H. Emeline 125.
Ellis, Benjamin 107. Caleb 108. Char-
lotte 236. Deborah 97. Eleazer 103.
Eleazer, Jr., 107. Elizabeth 87, 151.
Hannah 240. Joshua 108. Josiah
107. Kezia 77. Marv 88. Timo-
Emmons, Arthur B. 2d 109. M. Louise
Everett, George D. 110. Jabez 109.
Mary 117. Nancy 101.
Farington, Benjamin 111. Elizabeth
Faulk. John H. 111.
Fearing, Margaret J. 31. Perez L.
Pelch, Hannah 213.
Field, Ann 100.
Fisher, Abigail 13, 58. Charles 116.
Chloe 20L George 115. John
117. Joseph 117, 118. Josiah 113.
Lillian E. 221. Lydia 73. Nathan
M. 116. Samuel 114. Sarah 90, 201,
232. William 118.
Piske, Nathaniel 119. Noah 120.
Fuller, David 121, 122.
Gannett, William W. 123.
Gardner, Nancy 193.
Gay, Abigail 34. Adeline C. 55. Edna
L. 25. Mrs. Elizabeth 76. Francis
G. 124. Joanna 258. Leonard 123.
Sally 122. Stephen 123.
Ghoerke, Louise A. 24.
Goodnough, Adaline 14.
Gookin, Daniel 124.
Gould, Ellen R. 48.
Goulding, Adeline B. 165. Emeline
48. Henry 125. Lucy E. 189. Ma-
ria 188. Matilda 189. Sarah A. 143.
Graves, Mrs. Dolly, 253.
Green. William 126.
Griggs, Lucy 152. Reuben 127.
Guild, Ann 5. Hannah 81.
Gunn, Maria S. 186.
Guy, Benjamin 129, 130. Martin 130.
Timothy 128, 131.
Graham, Ada 189.
Hale, Dr. Edward E. 261. Richard
Hall. Maria 95.
Haiuell, Bertha 51.
Hammond, Abigail 18S. Elnathan
Hanchett, Dana C. 132. Chester 133.
George D. 133.
Hanks, Henry J. 133.
Harding, Hannah 210. John 134.
Maria C. 186. Mary 75.
Hart, George 135. Mary E. 87. Wil-
liam 135. William G. 135.
Hartshorn, Elizabeth 57, Obed 136.
Hastings, Elijah 137.
Hatch, Betsey 135.
Haven, Elias 139, 140. Joseph 139.
Mehitable 241. Noah 140.
Hawse, Anna 20. Elizabeth 22.
Haynes, Emily J. 167.
Henry, Lucy M. 83.
Herring, Peletiah 141. Samuel 140.
Hersey, Marv J. 230.
Hickok, Louisa A. 109.
Higbee, Cornelia P. 64.
Higgins, Eben 142, 143. Jedediah W.
Hildreth, Frances E. 24.
Hill, Agnes 87. Edward 144. Jennls
C. 239. William 144. Ruth 65.
Hodges, Elizabeth 231.
Hodgson, Ernest F. 145.
Holbrook, Alona 195. Hannah 33.
Olive 71. Sybel 252.
Hopkins, James C. 145.
Horton, Henry 146. Henry H. 146.
Howard, James O. 147.
Howe, Albian K. 148. Alonzo 148.
Isaac 147. Louisa B. 220. Mary
W. 225. Sarah E. 220. William A.
Humphrey, Mary H. 225.
Hutchinson, Mary J. 144.
Ingalls, Abigail 15i.
Ingram, Achsah 224.
Jennison, Luther P. 149.
Jepson, John 150.
Johnson, Clara G. 60. Comfort H.
Jones, Adam 151. Evelina E. 184.
Hiram W. 152. John 150. Lucy
247. Lydia A. 166. Samuel 151.
Stephen S. C. 162. Theodore F. 153.
Judson, Sarah 73.
Kelley, Dr. F. H. 101.
Kenrick, Beniamin 156. Caleb 154.
John 1.54. Oliver 156. Richard 153.
Keys, Ezra 156.
King, William 157.
Kingman, Charlotte 208.
Kingsburv, Jemima 7. Mehitable IS.
Knapp, .Jesse 157.
Knowlton, Alvan 1.58. Josiah 158.
Larrabee, Joseph 160. Rebecca 193.
Lawrence, Rachel 57.
Leeds, Warren 161.
Leland, Anna 220. Julia 59. Lucinda
204. Mercy 88. Persis 163.
Little. Martha 99.
Littlefleld. Sybil 65.
Lyon, Rebecca 162.
Mann, Betsey 183. 206. Daniel 162.
164, 165. Elbridge L. 165. James
162. 163. James G. 166. Leland 164.
Lucretia 60. Lucv M. 20.^. Lydia
41. Sarah A. 133. Simeon 163.
Mansell, Abigail 201. Mary 40.
Marden, Charles 167. Jeremiah 166.
Marsh. Lois 77.
Martin, Pamella 63.
Mason. Abiarail 94, 114. .\sa 168.
Hannah 14. .John 167. 168. Jona-
than 168. Knziah 11. Prof. Luther
W. 13. Margery 168. Rebecca 6.
Mayo. Abigail 146.
Merrifleld, Mabel 250. Thomas 174.
Meserve. Helen M. 239.
Messenger, Sarah 61.
Metcalf, Lois 118. Mary 2.57. Mehit-
able 118. Nathan 176. Samuel 175.
Miller, Aaron F. 176. .John 176.
Mills, Harriet 202.
Minnt. Laurence 96.
Morse. Adnm 177. P.nthslieba 15S.
Charles 177. Deborah 129. Hannah
26. Henzibns 168. .Joanna 258.
Levina 2.52. Lurnna 212. Sarah 15.
Mrs. Susan M. 230. Tabitha 35.
Moulton, Edwin C. 178.
Murdock, Robert 178.
McClure, .John 170. Mrs. Mary A.
McGill. James 172. Thomas 170.
McGrath. Bridget 173.
McKenney, Emily 43.
McKenzie. Oeorcre 173. John 172.
Roderick M. 172.
McLeod, Christina 172.
McMurtrie, Mary G. 145.
McNamara, Matthew 173. Patrick
Nash, Eliza 238.
Newell, Benjamin 184. EbonezT 178,
179. 181. Elizabeth 29. Elijah 182.
Hitty 41. Jesse ISO, 182. John A.
183. Josiah 1S3. Rachel A. 87. Re-
becca 76. Reuben 180. Theodore
Nichols, John Q. A. 184.
Nickless, Margaret 191.
Nuttage, Anna M. 135.
Norton, Mrs. Edella D. 225. Rev. T.
S. 185. Thomas C. 186.
Onion, Mary 34.
Otis, Alexander 187. Edmund B. 186.
Paine, Barnabas 188. IrTing A. 188.
John R. 18S. Lewis B. 189.
Palmer, Mary H. 60.
Parker, Jonathan 9. Rev. Theodore
Parmenter, Freeman F. 189. Sarah
Patterson, Mary N. 132.
Peppelow, John 190.
Perkins, Anna 56.
Perry, Elizabeth C. 131. Elijah Jr.
192. Jonathan 191. Kezia 55.
Lowell 191. Lucy 158. Mary 207.
Ruby E. 44. Samuel 190.
Peters, Eve 190. Mary 7.
Pettingill, Stephen 193.
Pierce, Mary A. 215.
Pike, Elizabeth A. 184.
Plimpton, John 193. Martha 128.
Plummer, Martha A. 110.
Pratt, Abigail 58. Hannah 108.
Prentiss, Aseneth 23.
Prescott, William H. 186.
Prickett, Mrs. Eliza F. 85.
Prince, Mrs. Lydia N. 182.
Proctor, Joseph H. 184.
Putnam, Mason la"). John Prince 195.
Purdy, Hannah S. 248.
Reaney, Caroline 82.
Reed, John 190. Josiah 195.
Reynolds, Rebecca 21.
Rice, Olive 190.
Richards, Abigail 2,59. Abijah 201
Asa 198. Calvin 204. 205. Cather-
ine 222. Ebenezer 207. Hannah 13,
39. Isabel F. 86. Jabez 202. Jesse
201. J. Franklin 203. Joseph 201.
Josiah 196, 199. Lemuel 197. Lu-
ther 204, 205, 206. Lydia 258.
Mehitable 11. Moses 198. Richard
203. Sarah 4S, 176, 200. 260. Solo-
mon 200. Thaddens 199. Tliomas
203. William 206, 207. William M.
Richardson, Amos 208. Samuel 5.
Sarah A. 14.
Robbins, Mary 168.
Roberts, Hanora 3.
Ruggles, Elizabeth 202.
Ruland, Clarabel 111.
Russell, Mary 252. Rebecca 91.
Sanger, Charlotte K. 123. George P.
211. Irene F. 212. Rev. Ralph 208.
S. Greenleaf 211.
Sawin, Annie 25. Benjamin N. 214.
Calvin 213. Calvin H. 214. Ella M.
25. Frank W. 215. Joel 213. Levi
212. Lurana 152. Mary 204. Re-
becca B. 149. Warren 215.
Scott, Sarah 250.
Sedgewick. Rosella M. 133.
Shaw, Elizabeth T. 51.
Shedd, Betsev 52.
Sherman, Mehitable 36.
Shumway, Amos W. 216, 217. John
215. S. Eudora 214.
Shuttleworth, Sarah 199.
Smiley, Jane 170.
Smith. Abigail 21, 251. Abner L.
225. Albert L. 220. Allen F. 225.
Barak 226. Cata 246. Charles H.
22.5. Clarissa A. 15. Dorcas 78.
Draper 220. Ebenezer 222, 223.
Frank 221. Hannah 115. Jabez 226.
Jennie M. 217. Joseph 217, 221.
Joseph A. 220. Lewis 222, 224.
Mary 80. Mehitable 246. Rachel 6.
Rebecca 137. Robert 227. Rufus
224. Sarah 130. Thomas 226.
Snow, Lucinda 252.
Soule, Alexander 228. Ephraim 228.
Martha 50. Mary B. 261. Sarah N,
Stanley, Malinda 247.
Stodder, Mary 261.
Stowe, Albert 230. Prudence 83.
Sally B. 255. Walter 229.
StoweM, Florence 145.
Stratton, Abigail 206.
Strong, Rev. Dr. Geo. A. 257.
Sullivan, Cornelius 230.
Summer, Gen. S. S. 138. Rebecca 257.
Talbot, Asa 231. Levi A. 232.
Thompson, George H. 232. Georgia
E. 133. Phebe 83.
Thorp, Hannah 124. Mary 74.
Thurston, Mehitable 103.
Thwing, Hannah F. 46.
Tisdale, Ansel K. 236. Billings 2,36.
Fisher 233. Henry 232. James 233,
Tuck, Abiatliar R. 236.
Tucker, Lydia 143. Rebecca 258.
Twitcbell, Mrs. Miranda 41.
Upham, Jonathan 237.
Valentine, Nel'lie 172.
Wadswortb, Moses 238. Susannah G6.
Walker, Mary 151.
Wall, John F. 239. Patrick 238.
Ware, Susan E. 254.
Warren, Abigail 55.
Webster. Daniel 72, 82. Mrs. Mar-
garet M. 156.
Vv'entworth, Alonzo 239.
Wheaton, Elizabeth 179.
Whiting, Aaron 24G. Anna 21. 181.
Daniel 241. Enoch 24G. Frances
M. 48. Hannah 196. Ithamar 245,
247. Jemima 139. Jonathan 240,
241, 247, 248. Julitta 12. Mehitable
103. 237, 262. Rebecca 203. Rufus
247. Sarah 114. Walter J. 248.
William 240, 246, 248.
Whitney, Caroline S. 253. Love 37.
Martha A. 15. Roxana 49.
Wight, Abigail 215. Adelaide E. 232.
Aaron 251. Amos 254. Amy H. 141..
Arnold 2.33. Asa 252. Caleb 252.
Charlotte 230. Clarissa 163. Cyn-
thia 229. David 249, 250. Freder-
ick H. 254. Hannah 42. James H.
253. John 250. Joseph 253. Mary
251. Nabby 71. Oliye 70. Oliver
252. Phebe 5. Sarah 136. Seth
251. Shubael 255.
Wilbur, Maria 101.
Williams, Betsey S. 147. Dolly A.
.31. John 255.
Wilson, Abby F. 205. Abigail 79.
Eliza 224. Ephraim 257, 258, 259,
260, 261. Henry 257. Lillian M.
E. 51. Mary S. 224. Nathaniel
258, 261. Ruby 116. Samuel 259,
Wiswall, Hannah 207.
Wood, Jabez 262. Mrs. Malvlna R.
Woods, William 262.
Worcester, Sally 18.
Wright, Maude S. 172.
Band of Hope, 185.
Baptist Church. 41.
Boston Post Cane, 231.
Boston Tea Party, 125, 128.
Burgess School. 186.
Church Pews, 175.
Committee of Correspondence, 198.
Death Rate. 252.
Deep Breathing. 237.
Dover Stage, 255.
Dunklin Hole, 92.
Education of Women, 170.
Erie Canal, 116.
Evening Meetings, 43.
Faneuil Hall Market, 14.
First College Graduate, 38.
First Parish Library, 30.
Fish Fry, 165.
Greasing Boots, 169.
Home Factories, 104.
Home Music, 235.
Hop Beer, 237.
Horse Block, 113.
House Cleaning, 116.
House Flies, 35.
Indian Stone Relics, 198.
Indian Tepee, 96.
Intoxicating Liquors, 106.
King Philip's War, 193.
Land, Price of, 89.
Lexington Alarm, 9.
Longevity, 137, 252.
Market, Women, 53.
Mass. Inst. Technology, 103.
Medical Practice, 64.
Mt. Desert, 151.
Needham High School, 186.
Newell's Chamber, 179.
"Nigger Pews," 210.
Noanet, 198, 207.
Norfolk Agricultural Society, 192.
Ohio Pasture, 157.
Old Farmer's Almanac, 161.
Oldtown Folks, 62.
Paper Cutting, 177.
Powder House, 115.
Religious Services, 183.
Revenue Tax, 183.
Revolutionary War, 7, 8, 15, 17, 21,
36, 38, 88, 91, 139, 157, 159, 19G,
199, 200, 246.
Snufif Boxes, 120.
Sunday Schools, 40.
Sunday School Supts., 81, 170, 205.
Surgical Operations, 69.
Towns Poor, 174.
War 1812, 17.
Wedding Costumes, 79, 125.
West India Goods, 52.
Whip Lashes, 191.
Judge Alphonso Taft, father of former President William H.
Taft, says : "Genealogical research is often derided, but it is fas-
cinating, and when pursued with reason has a wholesome and
beneficial influence. No one can deliberately be the first to dis-
honor the name and blood of his good ancestors. It is no weak-
ness to appreciate the character and achievements of those who
have preceded us and emulate their virtues. The American
branches of our family tree do not flatter our vanity with many
brilliant careers, but they have proved a vigorous and prolific
stock, of which we have no occasion to be ashamed."
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